Books by Kenneth Oppel

INKLING by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A sweet and funny story about an unusual friendship. (Fantasy. 7-12)"
"No one was awake to see it happen." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Suspense, romance, and the excitement of discovery make this Western thoroughly enjoyable. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
In the great era of dinosaur-hunting, two teenagers accompany their paleontologist fathers in a race to discover the biggest of them all: the rex. Read full book review >
THE NEST by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Compelling and accessible. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Steven must fight for his own life as well as for his baby brother's when he's offered a chance to exchange human life for something better. Read full book review >
THE BOUNDLESS by Kenneth Oppel
Released: April 22, 2014

"Canadian railway history, fantasy, a flutter of romance—and a thoughtful examination of social injustice—collide in this entertaining swashbuckler from the author of Printz Honor-winning Airborn (2005). (Historical fantasy. 9-14)"
William Everett is proud of his rags-to-riches father, manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, but he wants to forge his own destiny. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A standout sequel and engrossing ghost story. (Horror. 14 & up)"
He failed to save his twin brother through alchemy, but young Victor Frankenstein eagerly delves back into the sinister sciences in this sequel to 2011's This Dark Endeavor. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A dark and dramatic back story for Shelley's tormented creator. (Gothic. 12 & up)"
When his identical twin Konrad falls ill, 15-year-old Victor risks life, body and soul to try and find a cure in this prequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein by Printz Honor-winner Oppel (Airborn, 2004). Read full book review >
HALF BROTHER by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"There are no easy answers, just a thoughtful portrayal of real people grappling with tough questions. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Ben Tomlin and his parents move to Vancouver for his father's new job with the university. Read full book review >
THE KING’S TASTER by Kenneth Oppel
Released: June 1, 2009

"Workmanlike collages by the accomplished Fancher and Johnson combine textiles, scrawled recipes and painterly elements in a muted, Old World palette that matches the ambitious plotting. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Narrated by a bespectacled beagle, Oppel's pedantic offering mixes a "be your authentic self" vibe with an admonishment not to spoil your appetite with sweets. Read full book review >
STARCLIMBER by Kenneth Oppel
Released: March 1, 2009

"Once again, Oppel has assembled intriguing characters, especially Matt's fellow astralnauts, who populate a fast-paced narrative that features enough unpredictable plot twists to keep readers riveted to Matt's story to the finish. (Fantasy. YA)"
Matt Cruse, hero of Printz Honor-winning Airborn (2004) and its sequel, Skybreaker (2006), returns for another thrilling adventure. Read full book review >
DARKWING by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Lively prose and sheer imagination make Oppel's fourth bat story another winner. (author's note) (Fiction. 9+)"
Dusk is a misfit in his colony, a freak. Read full book review >
SKYBREAKER by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Creative, compelling, nicely unpredictable and alive with nature and technology. (Fantasy. YA)"
Matt Cruse, now 16 and a student at Airship Academy in Paris, is swept into another sky adventure even richer and more surprising than the one in Airborn (2004). Read full book review >
AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel
Released: June 1, 2004

"Full of a sense of air, flying details, and action. (airship diagram) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Entrancing, exciting adventure with airships, pirates, and mysterious flying mammals takes place on an earth with the same geography as ours but different technology. Read full book review >
FIREWING by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Such inelegant writing is unfortunate in the midst of a fine tale that fans of the series will eagerly anticipate. (Fiction. 10-12)"
His mother's a hero, his father's a legend, and he's named after the mythical griffin—half eagle, half lion. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL’S CURE by Kenneth Oppel
Released: June 1, 2001

"A tremendous grip for the opening hundred pages before the usual demands of serial killer fiction gouge the page. Even so, a great read."
A strong tale about cancer research, and the first adult novel by Oppel, author of 16 juveniles (among them the megaselling Silverwing,1997). Read full book review >
PEG AND THE WHALE by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Fans of Edward C. Day's John Tabor's Ride (1989), or Alexis O'Neill's Loud Emily (1998), will delight in this new nautical yarn. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Pushing seven and eager to make something of herself, a strapping young salt leaves her parents' fishing boat to sign on with a disreputable crew of whale hunters. Read full book review >
SUNWING by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Despite some fudging of natural science to cast owls in a villainous role, this book evokes sympathy for bats, a much-maligned species. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Filled with high adventure, this sequel to Silverwing (1997) stands well on its own, continuing the adventures of Shade, a bat in search of his lost father. Read full book review >
SILVERWING by Kenneth Oppel
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Replete with appealing characters, scary adversaries, bat lore, natural history, unanswered questions, and conflicting theologies, the story takes on a promising epic sweep; readers will look forward to the sequels that Oppel's ending guarantees. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A small bat's curiosity touches off a war of extermination against all his kind in this action-packed odyssey from the author of Dead Water Zone (1993). Read full book review >
DEAD WATER ZONE by Kenneth Oppel
Released: May 1, 1993

"A thoughtful story with an unusual combination of ingredients. (Fiction. 12+)"
A well-realized world of rotting docks and ramshackle buildings on the shore of a polluted lake forms the setting for this haunting character study. Read full book review >