Available for virtual visits in:
British Colombia, Manitoba & Nova Scotia,

Craft: Author

Genre: Picture Books, Middle-Grade Novels, Teen Novels

Grades: Grades 4 +

Cost for School and Public Readings Program: $200.00


Virtual Presentation Information


(Grades 5 and up)

In this first book of a new trilogy, strange black plants start shooting up after a big downpour. Soon they are everywhere. They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen — and they feed. Three teens from Salt Spring Island, Anaya, Petra and Seth, are the only ones who seem immune. What’s their connection? I’ll give a reading and, using PowerPoint introduce readers to the weird and fascinating world of toxic, invasive and carnivorous plant species. I also talk about my creative process, from brainstorming, outlining, and successive drafts to finished book. Lots of time for Q&A. The duration is about 50-60 minutes.

A LIFE SCRIBBLING (grades 4 and up)

An illustrated talk about my career as an author, starting with my earliest writings in school, the books (and films, and video games!) that inspired me, how I got my first book published at 17, and how I came up with the ideas for the best-selling Silverwing series, the Governor-General award winner, Airborn, Half Brother, and my latest book Bloom. I also talk about my creative process, from brainstorming, outlining, and successive drafts to finished book. Sprinkled with tips for the aspiring writer. 60 minutes.

Book List

Thrive, (HarperCollins Canada, 2021) (forthcoming)
(HarperCollins Canada, 2020)
(HarperCollins Canada, 2020)
(HarperCollins Canada, 2018)
Every Hidden Thing,
(HarperCollins Canada, 2016)
The Nest,
(HarperCollins Canada, 2015)
The Boundless,
(HarperCollins Canada, 2014)
Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book II,
(HarperCollins Canada, 2012)
his Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, (HarperCollins Canada, 2011)
Half Brother, (HarperCollins Canada. 2011)

The King’s Taster, a picture book illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, (HarperCollins Canada, 2009)
Starclimber, a novel(HarperCollins Canada, 2008)
Darkwing, a novel (HarperCollins Canada, 2007)
a novel (HarperCollins Canada 2005)
Airborn, a novel (HarperCollins Canada; 2004)
Peg and the Yeti, a picture book illustrated Barbara Reid, (HarperCollins Canada, 2004)
a novel (HarperCollins Canada, 2002)
Peg and the Whale,
a picture book illustrated by Terry Widener, (HarperCollins Canada, 2000)
Sunwing, a novel (HarperCollins Canada, 1999)
Silverwing, a novel (HarperCollins Canada, 1997)


Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Airborn, which won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, and the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Some of his other books include The BoundlessEvery Hidden Thing, and Inkling. The Nest and Half Brother both won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. His latest novels are Bloom and its sequel Hatch. Visit him online at or twitter @kennethoppel