Today’s featured author is Kenneth Oppel, the second of two Canadians nominated for this year’s Teen Reader’s Choice Award. He was born in B.C., but he spent part of his childhood in Halifax, allowing us Nova Scotians to claim him (at least partially) as one of our own. Oppel’s first book was published when he was still in high school after a family friend passed it on to Roald Dahl (yes, the Roald Dahl), who in turn passed it on to his literary agent. Since then, Oppel has written many popular and award-winning books for both children and teens, including the Silverwing series and the Airborn trilogy.
There are two interviews with Oppel available on YouTube. In the first video, he discusses the plot of This Dark Endeavor and his reasons for writing the book. In the second video, he talks about Frankenstein, the classic novel by Mary Shelley that provided the inspiration for his book. This video is especially worth watching if you are unfamiliar with the Frankenstein.