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Darkwing
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Darkwing
Silverwing Series, Book 4
While Dusk fights his urge to flap, Carnassial gives in to his instincts to become a vicious predator. The battle for survival has begun...
While Dusk fights his urge to flap, Carnassial gives in to his instincts to become a vicious predator. The battle for survival has begun...
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  • While Dusk fights his urge to flap, Carnassial gives in to his instincts to become a vicious predator. The battle for survival has begun...

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  • Kenneth Oppel is the author of Skybreaker and Airborn (winner of the Governor General's Award), as well as the Silverwing Saga (Silverwing, Sunwing and Firewing), which has sold over one million copies worldwide and has won numerous prizes, including the Mr. Christie's Book Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, as well as many children's choice awards across the country. His other titles include Peg and the Whale, Dead Water Zone and The Live-Forever Machine. Voted children's author of the year by Canadian booksellers in 2006, he lives in Toronto with his wife and three children. Visit his website at www.kennethoppel.com.

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    September 1, 2007
    Gr 5-8-The story of "Darkwing" is set 65 million years ago, during the early Paleocene era just years after the enormous C-T dieback event. Dusk and his family are chiropters, small arboreal mammals that glide and feed on insects. Changes are coming to their world, and not the least of them are Dusk's abilities of flight and echolocation. Although his family stands by him, most of the colony is very uncomfortable with his flying, fearing reprisal from the birds that live above them in the trees. All concerns about Dusk's oddities or their avian neighbors are swept aside when an outcast prowl of felids, led by the bloodthirsty Carnassial, attack the colony and Dusk's special abilities help to guide his fellows and keep them safe. During their search for a new home, his quick wits are all that stand between the colony and disaster. In their quest, the chiropters encounter deadly predators, from saurian holdouts to shrewlike soricids with poisonous saliva. Betrayals from both within the colony and without add to the excitement in this adventure. Readers will feel for Dusk as he decides repeatedly not to abandon his colony, despite their treatment of him. In "Darkwing", Oppel offers a celebration of difference in addition to a wonderful imagining of a pivotal moment in evolution. An author's note highlights some of the actual fossil species that appear. One cautionary notethe descriptions of animals eating each other may be disturbing to sensitive readers."Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI"

    Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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