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by Kenneth Oppel

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published: Feb 2020

The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s explosive new trilogy

It was just rain.

But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.


They. Are. Everywhere.

They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed.

Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secret? A week ago, they wouldn’t have thought they had one.

But they’d better figure it out fast—the invasion has already begun.

About the Author
Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, and The Boundless. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada; in England and Ireland; and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children. Visit him at KennethOppel.ca.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
10 to 14
5 to 9
  • , Kobo Top Picks of the Year
  • , CBC Best Book of the Year
  • , Amazon.com Best Books of the Year
  • , Red Maple Award Finalist
Editorial Reviews

Bloom is a lightning-paced adventure that grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. This book is ridiculously fun … and by ‘fun’ I mean terrifying!” 

— Jonathan Auxier, author of <em>The Night Gardener</em>

"Kenneth Oppel has written a thriller so exciting that the pages might well have been printed with adrenaline. . . . So propulsive that some readers may find themselves using one hand to cover the paragraphs they haven’t read yet, to keep their devouring eyes from jumping ahead."

— <em>Wall Street Journal</em>

"A phenomenal kickoff to an enthralling trilogy. . . . An edge-of-your-seat, apocalyptic alien plants versus heroic hybrid teens adventure."

— School Library Journal <strong>(starred review)</strong>

"Absolutely riveting . . . Superb storytelling, great characters and an environmental crisis will completely captivate young readers."

— Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Oppel steadily adds new horrors, potently escalating the story’s pace, stakes, and anxiety."

— <em>Publishers Weekly</em>

“A thrilling alien-invasion novel based on a chillingly nefarious premise.” 

— <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>

"The perfect book right now for young readers searching for hope, strength, inspiration — and just a little horticultural havoc."

— <em>New York Times</em>

"A terrifying non-stop thriller."

— Quill & Quire

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