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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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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.

Kenneth Oppel's The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein: Two-Book Bundle

Kenneth Oppel's The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein: Two-Book Bundle

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

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. Additional content in This Dark Endeavour includes pages from Victor Frankenstein's sketchbook.Such Wicked Intent continues the story of Victor Frankenstein. Tragedy has forced him to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library and vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences againjust as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brothers betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victors twin, Konrad, and 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 special ebook edition also includes Mary Wollstonecraft Shelleys classic tale, Frankenstein.

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.

Such Wicked Intent

Such Wicked Intent

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 21/08/2012

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 brothers betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victors twin, Konrad, and 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.

Silverwing

Silverwing

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2012

This Dark Endeavor

This Dark Endeavor

Author: Kenneth Oppel Format: eBook Release Date: 23/08/2011

In this prequel to Mary Shelleys gothic classic, Frankenstein, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victors twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and his 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 ...