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Kenneth Oppel - Author

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn won a Printz Honor Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Prize. Its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller. His Silverwing trilogy has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and has been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Movie rights in This Dark Endeavour have been bought by the producers of Twilight. Read the author's biography here.

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Inkling

Inkling

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

Mishaps and madness ensue when magical drawing ink comes to life in the Rylance home and 11-year-old Ethan tries to prove he's just as talented as his famous father.A moving but light-hearted story about grief, family and a sixth-grade rivalry. When Ethan's class is given the task of creating a graphic novel and magical ink jumps out of his father's sketchbook, a strange series of events is set into motion. To his younger sister, Inkling is Lucy, her beloved dog; to his father, Inkling is a second chance at a dwindling career and a chance to solve his family's money worries. Friends and enemies alike try to use Inkling to ace tests and create bestselling comic books, but to Ethan, Inkling is his friend - and he must do everything in his power save him.

Inkling

Inkling

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2018

Mishaps and madness ensue when magical drawing ink comes to life in the Rylance home and 11-year-old Ethan tries to prove he's just as talented as his famous father.A moving but light-hearted story about grief, family and a sixth-grade rivalry. When Ethan's class is given the task of creating a graphic novel and magical ink jumps out of his father's sketchbook, a strange series of events is set into motion. To his younger sister, Inkling is Lucy, her beloved dog; to his father, Inkling is a second chance at a dwindling career and a chance to solve his family's money worries. Friends and enemies alike try to use Inkling to ace tests and create bestselling comic books, but to Ethan, Inkling is his friend - and he must do everything in his power save him.

Inkling

Inkling

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2018

Mishaps and madness ensue when magical drawing ink comes to life in the Rylance home and 11-year-old Ethan tries to prove he's just as talented as his famous father. A moving but light-hearted story about grief, family and a sixth-grade rivalry. When Ethan's class is given the task of creating a graphic novel and magical ink jumps out of his father's sketchbook, a strange series of events is set into motion. To his younger sister, Inkling is Lucy, her beloved dog; to his father, Inkling is a second chance at a dwindling career and a chance to solve his family's money worries. Friends and enemies alike try to use Inkling to ace tests and create bestselling comic books, but to Ethan, Inkling is his friend - and he must do everything in his power save him.

Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2018

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the world has ever seen. To seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt - just kicked out of school - it's the Rex , the king dinosaur that could put him and his archaeologist father in the history books, if they can just dig it out. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones after the Rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where she can explore her loves of science and adventure. But if she can't prove herself to her father on this expedition, the only adventures she'll have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. And with both after the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. But as danger looms on the other side of the hills, Samuel and Rachel are forced to make a decision. Can they find the skeleton-and with it a new life together-or will the rivalry tear them apart?

The Nest

The Nest

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels. The baby is sick. Mom and Dad are sad. And all Steve has to do is say, Yes to fix everything. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Treading the thin line between dreams and reality, Steve is stuck in a nightmare he can't wake up from and that nobody else understands. And all the while, the wasps' nest is growing, and the 'angel' keeps visiting Steve in the night. A haunting coming of age story that will hold you captive, The Nest is lyrical, surreal and one of the most moving stories you'll read this year.

Every Hidden Thing

Every Hidden Thing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2017

Deep in the Badlands, embedded in rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the world has ever seen. For Samuel Bolt it's the dinosaur that could put him and his father into the history books. But Samuel and his father aren't the only ones on the trail. Rachel Cartland is dreading a future of housewifery or spinsterhood. But the Rex could be her ticket to finally explore her love of science and adventure. Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together as their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense. And with both after the same prize, any romance seems destined to fail. Can they find the skeleton-and with it a new life together-or will the rivalry tear them apart?

The Nest

The Nest

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

The first time I saw them, I thought they were angels. The baby is sick. Mom and Dad are sad. And all Steve has to do is say, Yes to fix everything. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Treading the thin line between dreams and reality, Steve is stuck in a nightmare he can't wake up from and that nobody else understands. And all the while, the wasps' nest is growing, and the 'angel' keeps visiting Steve in the night. A haunting coming of age story that will hold you captive, The Nest is lyrical, surreal and one of the most moving stories you'll read this year.

Half Brother

Half Brother

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

Ben Tomlin has been an only child for thirteen years. So when his research-scientist parents bring home a baby chimp to raise as a human child, Ben's life is turned upside-down. Teaching a baby chimp how to understand language is not his idea of fun, especially when he's trying to settle in at his new school. But it isn't long before Zan's infectious personality endears him to everyone and he becomes a real member of the family. But just what will happen when he grows up and the experiment comes to an end? Ben must take dramatic steps, and the repercussions ricochet through his home and community with devastating results. This phenomenal novel is a thought-provoking story of relationships and family, first love, growing up, ethics and dilemmas.

Nest

Nest

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2015

Steve just wants to save his baby brotherbut what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless).For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, its just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasps nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to fix the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. All he has to do is say Yes. But yes is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family.

Silverwing

Silverwing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he is determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a torrential storm, Shade is swept 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 must make a remarkable journey to rejoin his colony to the south.

Firewing

Firewing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Kenneth Oppel concludes the Silverwing trilogy in this amazing story where the stakes could not be higher - The earth heaves and splits in a terrible quake and Griffin, a Silverwing newborn, is sucked into a fissure deep below the earth. Shade, Griffin's father, soon realises that his son has been drawn into the Underworld, and embarks on the most dangerous of journeys to rescue him. Shade knows he must find Griffin quickly, but something else is hunting Griffin - a deadly foe Shade hoped he would never see again. Who will find Griffin first? And will they survive the perilous journey back to the land of the living?

Sunwing

Sunwing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Sunwing continues Shade's epic adventure begun in Silverwing. Shade discovers a mysterious human building containing a vast forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night and teeming with insects to eat. And through the glass roof the bats can finally see the sun, free from the tyranny of the deadly owls. But is this bat paradise all that it seems? Shade and his Brightwing friend Marina aren't so sure. Shade has seen Humans enter the forest and take away hundreds of sleeping bats for an unknown purpose. And where is Shade's father? In this thrilling continuation of Shade's saga, Kenneth Oppel expands the adventure and poignancy of Silverwing and takes it to a new level of excitement.

The Boundless

The Boundless

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

After a murder is committed, Will finds himself in possession of a key that has the potential to unlock the train's hidden treasures. Together with Maren, a gifted escape artist, and Mr Dorian, a circus ringmaster with amazing abilities, Will must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead. With villains fast on his heels and strange creatures lurking outside the windows, the train hurtles across the country as Will flees for his life. His adventure may have begun without his knowing...but how it ends is now entirely up to Will.

Kenneth Oppel Silverwing Series: Four-Book Bundle

Kenneth Oppel Silverwing Series: Four-Book Bundle

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2014

In Silverwing, Shade, a young Silverwing bat, gets separated from his colony and must set out on a dangerous journey to find his way back to them.Shades story continues in Sunwing, as he travels to the far southern jungle, where he will do all he can to find his fatherand save the world from eternal night.In Firewing, Shade's son Griffin is sucked into the Underworld, and Shade must save him before a deadly foe finds him first.<p.Sixty-five million years before Shades adventures in Silverwing, Dusk fights his urge to flap and Carnassial gives into his instincts to become a vicious predator in Darkwing.

Kenneth Oppel Airborn Series: Three-Book Bundle

Kenneth Oppel Airborn Series: Three-Book Bundle

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2014

In Airborn, enter a past in which airplanes have never been invented, giant airships rule the skies and the glittering skyscrapers of Lionsgate City, Canadas greatest metropolis, rise near the Pacificus Ocean. When Matt Cruse, the cabin boy on the luxury airship Aurora, fearlessly performs a dramatic rescue to save an old man from his damaged hot air balloon, he doesnt know what events hes setting in motion. Will he and the balloonists fiery granddaughter, Kate de Vries, be able to solve the mystery of impossible flying creatures seen among the clouds? And will they figure it out before pirates and shipwreck end their voyage forever?Pushed high into the sky by a storm over the Indian Ocean, the decrepit training ship Flotsam makes an astonishing discovery before being forced to descend. Adrift at 20,000 feet is a tattered, ice-crusted airship bearing the name Hyperion. Could it really be the legendary lost craft, now a vast treasure and a frozen mausoleum to a ghostly crew? Matt Cruse is the only member of Flotsams oxygen-starved crew able to remember the ghost ships coordinatesand it seems as if everyone in the fabulous city of Paris wants them. In Skybreaker, Matt and Kate de Vries are challenged with another thrilling adventure, this time among the icy dangers and strange wonders of the upper atmosphere.At long last, Matt Cruse is at the helm. Though its only a summer job piloting a humble aerocrane, hes thrilled to be helping to build the Celestial Tower, Pariss extraordinary gateway to outer space. But Matts idyllic summer is short-lived. He narrowly survives a deadly attack by the fanatical Babelites, who are opposed to humans reaching the heavens. Worse still, his nights spent stargazing with Kate de Vries must end when shes summoned back to Lionsgate City by her parents. But then the chance of a lifetime boosts Matts hopes of being airborne once more. Canada wants to reach space first, and the Canadian Minister of Air has asked Kate to join the first expedition as an expert on aerial zoology. Theres a place for Matt, tooif he can pass the gruelling tests to become one of the worlds first astralnauts on board the incredible ship Starclimber.

The Boundless

The Boundless

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/09/2014

After a murder is committed, Will finds himself in possession of a key that has the potential to unlock the train's hidden treasures. Together with Maren, a gifted escape artist, and Mr Dorian, a circus ringmaster with amazing abilities, Will must save the Boundless before someone else winds up dead. With villains fast on his heels and strange creatures lurking outside the windows, the train hurtles across the country as Will flees for his life. His adventure may have begun without his knowing...but how it ends is now entirely up to Will.

Guys Read: The Klack Bros. Museum

Guys Read: The Klack Bros. Museum

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

A train gets waylaid in the middle of nowhere, and Luke and his dad find themselves with four hours to kill before its fixed. Just enough time for a trip to the mysterious, decrepit old museum on the edge of town. A short story from Guys Read: Other Worlds, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Such Wicked Intent

Such Wicked Intent

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2013

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again, just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother's betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When Victor and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with their friend Henry, they venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

This Dark Endeavour (with Bonus Material)

This Dark Endeavour (with Bonus Material)

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 31/07/2012

WITH BONUS MATERIAL: Pages from Victor Frankenstein's sketchbook and an excerpt from the upcoming sequel, Such Wicked Intent, available August 2012. Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother, Konrad, and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare time fencing and horseback riding. Along with their friend Henry, they have explored all the hidden passageways and secret rooms of the palatial Frankenstein chateau. Except one.The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the library again, but when Konrad becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for the legendary Elixir of Life.The elixir needs only three ingredients. But impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science and loveand how much he is willing to sacrifice.

This Dark Endeavour

This Dark Endeavour

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2012

The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions. In this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein , 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn. Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love - and how much he is willing to sacrifice.

Half Brother

Half Brother

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2010

For thirteen years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Bens father, a renowned behavioral scientist, has uprooted the family to pursue his latest research project: a high-profile experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills. Bens parents tell him to treat Zan like a little brother. Ben reluctantly agrees. At least now hes not the only one his fathers going to scrutinize.It isnt long before Ben is Zans favorite, and Ben starts to see Zan as more than just an experiment. His father disagrees. Soon Ben is forced to make a critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true between obeying his father or protecting his brother from an unimaginable fate.Half Brother isnt just a story about a boy and a chimp. Its about the way families are made, the way humanity is judged, the way easy choices become hard ones, and how you cant always do right by the people and animals you love. In the hands of master storyteller Kenneth Oppel, its a novel you wont soon forget.

King's Taster

King's Taster

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 09/06/2009

Max is the cook's dog. And because he is also the king's taster, Max gets to feast on French Fries! Rose Pudding! Cheese Pie! Pizza! No wonder Max loves his job. Who wouldn't want to dine on these delicious dishes? The new king, that's who. And if the new king has his way, it won't just be their job that the cook and Max lose!

Dusk

Dusk

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2007

65 million years ago: the last dinosaurs are dying out, the mammals are beginning to take over the earth and the very first bats are learning how to fly. Our young hero Dusk, a chiropter - a small arboreal glider - discovers an unusual ability. The only member of his colony capable of powered flight, Dusk becomes an outcast. But after his colony is massacred by a prowl of carnivorous felids (proto-cats), a homeless and hunted Dusk may prove to be its salvation. Set during a dynamic evolutionary moment in earth's history, Dusk tells the story of the very first bat, and a colony's perilous journey to find a new home.

3: Firewing

3: Firewing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2007

When a prank goes horribly wrong, Griffin is so ashamed he banishes himself, and ends up in the terrifying world of the dead. Shade knows something bad has happened to Griffin and sets out to find him. Father and son soon find themselves on a collision course - with one another, and with Shade's long-time enemy, Goth ...

2: Sunwing

2: Sunwing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2007

In search of his father, Shade discovers a mysterious human building which houses a huge forest. Home to thousands of bats, the indoor forest is as warm as a summer night, teeming with insect food, and free from the deadly owls. Paradise? Then why are bats disappearing without trace? Soon, Shade and his friend, Marina, are swept up in a perilous adventure that takes them far south to the jungle home of Goth, the diabolical king of the cannibal bats ...

1: Silverwing

1: Silverwing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2007

Shade, a young Silverwing bat, has always been the runt of the litter. When he sets off on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south, it is his chance to prove himself. But when he is swept away from his family and friends, he starts an epic journey - from pigeon stronghold to the underground rat kingdom ...

Skybreaker

Skybreaker

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Matt Cruse has been accepted at the Airship Academy, his days as cabin boy over for the moment. He has difficulty settling down to life on land, but is helped by the fact that Kate is in Paris too. During a training flight aboard the freighter Flotsam, Matt helps save the ship when it is caught in a deadly storm over the Indian Ocean, and thrust to dangerously high altitudes. There, Matt spies a frozen airship, drifting aimlessly at 20,000 feet - it's the legendary ghost ship Hyperion. Rumoured to be carrying great wealth, the Hyperion left harbour fifty years ago, but never reached her destination. No wreckage was ever found ...until now, as Kate and Matt embark on the most dangerous of treasure hunts ...

Airborn

Airborn

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2005

Matt Cruse is cabin boy aboard the Aurora, an airship which truly is lighter than air. Since the discovery of hydrium, a gas that renders even the heaviest vehicle as light as a feather, airships travel all over the world in the same way as planes do today. Matt himself was born on an airship and it is there that he feels most at home. Matt has high hopes for promotion to junior sailmaker on this voyage - until Kate de Vries, one of the wealthy passengers, arrives on the scene. She's feisty and brave, and won't let social distinctions get in the way of her friendship with Matt. And all their bravery is required when one night, in the middle of the ocean, they are boarded by pirates and caught up in adventures beyond all imagining ...

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