Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony...
... determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, Shade is swept out over the ocean -- away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter fast approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade sets out on a remarkable journey to rejoin his colony to the south.
"A tour-de-force fantasy starring a chiropteran hero trying to make his way back to his home colony. A can't-put-it-down adventure for readers around age 8 all the way to adult." Smithsonian Magazine
in a handsome new 10th anniversary hardcover edition with 24 interior illustrations by artist David Frankland, and a foreward by Kenneth Oppel.