Alien Child

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A girl growing up in an insulated though pleasant environment, with a furry guardian for company, comes to realize that she must be the last human left on earth.

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Pamela Sargent (1948 - ) Pamela Sargent was born in New York in 1948 and attended the State University of New York at Binghamton, attaining a master's degree in philosophy. She is regarded as one of science fictions most important feminist writers and has edited a number of acclaimed anthologies celebrating the contribution of women writers to the SF field. She has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, Tiptree and Sturgeon Awards. Pamela Sargent lives in New York with fellow SF author, George Zebrowski.

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Grade 7 Up This story of Nita, a girl growing up in an insulated environment where she gradually comes to realize that she might be the last person left on Earth, has conflict and suspense from the beginning. Despite the enclosed set ting, there is absorbing interaction be tween the curious child seeking more knowledge about her origin and her world and the furry alien who acts as her protective guardian. Llipel is well portrayed as an intriguing example of an extraterrestrial species. Nina's tur bulent feelings are vividly depicted; she longs for others of her kind but is strangely repulsed when she first learns from the computer the clinical details of human reproduction. She is also ex tremely puzzled by the changes in her body as she enters puberty, having no peers with whom to discuss or com pare. Then Llipel's mysterious alien companion, who remains concealed in the locked west wing, turns out to be raising another human, a boy. When he and Nita finally get together and find that they are in an embryological insti tute where they were both started as test-tube babies, the plot is propelled along at a faster pace. After a danger ous and courageous trip outside to try to find other survivors, the two teens find the answers they seek as well as a new optimism for the future of humani ty, supplying an appropriate conclusion to both the story and their moral self- questioning. Lyle Blake Smythers, Li brary of Congress, Washington, D.C.
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