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Kenneth Oppel


Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel has published more than 15 books for children. In 1995, he won the Air Canada Award for the best Canadian writer under the age of 30. Formerly Books for Young People Editor at Quill & Quire magazine, he now writes full time. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and children.

Kenneth Oppel

Books by Kenneth Oppel

written by Kenneth Oppel with illustrations by Sydney Smith - Family, Fiction, Humor, Youth Fiction

The Rylance family is stuck. Dad's got writer's block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school --- even though he can't draw. Sarah's still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance's sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together --- and then leaps off the page! Ethan finds him first. Inkling has absorbed a couple chapters of his math book --- not good --- and the story he's supposed to be illustrating for school--also not good. But Inkling's also started drawing the pictures to go with the story --- which is amazing! It's just the help Ethan was looking for! Inkling helps the rest of the family too. It's exactly what they all want! It's not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they --- and Inkling --- truly need.

by Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen - Family, Horror

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s 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 wasp’s 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.

by Kenneth Oppel - Children's, Fiction
Will Everett embarks on an adventure aboard The Boundless, the greatest train ever built! When Will finds the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. Will must join a traveling circus and enlist the aid of Maren a girl who is an expert escape artist. With villains on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will's father and save the Boundless?
by Kenneth Oppel - Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 12+

Victor Frankenstein’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill. In his desperation to save him, Victor searches for the ingredients to the fabled Elixir of Life. With the help of his cousin Elizabeth and his best friend Henry, Victor will do anything to help Konrad --- even if it means embracing madness.

by Kenneth Oppel - Fiction, Social Sciences, Young Adult 12+

For 13 years, Ben Tomlin was an only child. But all that changes when his mother brings home Zan --- an eight-day-old chimpanzee. Ben's father is a renowned behavioral scientist, and his latest project is to determine whether chimps can acquire advanced language skills. Ben slowly starts to treat Zan as a brother, but his father only sees him as an experiment. Soon Ben is forced to make the critical choice between what he is told to believe and what he knows to be true.

by Kenneth Oppel

A legendary ghost ship. An incredible treasure. A death-defying adventure.

by Kenneth Oppel

Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . .