York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997
the genre Runt Makes Good, subdivision Epic Journey, comes this tale of
Shade, the Silverwing bat, whose curiosity imperils his clan, and who gets
separated from them on their southerly migration. Adventures ensue, including
tagging up with a Brightwing named Marina, and an extended flight from
two cannibalistic vampire bats. Oppel has a knack for spinning a yarn,
and embellishes this one with much bat lore and mythico-religious overtones.
The conclusion guarantees a sequel or two.
Copps, email@example.com, Librarian,
Wardsboro & Winhall (VT) Elementary Schools)
Bats -- Migration -- Fiction
Growth -- Fiction
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