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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut―young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Welcome to Battleschool.
Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn't hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. If Bean has learned anything on the streets, it's how to survive. And not with fists. He is way too small for that. But with brains.
Bean is a genius with a magician's ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness.
What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final climactic battle against a hostile alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander - Ender Wiggins - perhaps his only true rival.
Only one problem: for Bean and Ender, the future is now.
Flip by David Lubar
If you could become anyone in the world, who would you be?
Did you ever wish you could be anyone else but who you are? Twins Ryan and Taylor do it all the time. Now their dream is about to come true. They've discovered mysterious alien disks that allow them to "flip"--to become legendary heroes from the past.
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
American Library Association "Best Books for Young Adults"
American Library Association "Quick Picks for Young Adults"
Martin Anderson and his friends don't like being called losers. But they've been called that for so long even they start to believe it. Until Martin makes an incredible discovery: each of his friends has a special hidden talent.
Edgeview Alternative School was supposed to be end of the road. But for Martin and his friends, it just might be a new beginning.
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; and In the Land of the Lawn Weenies and Other Warped and Creepy Tales. David also writes a semi-regular humor column for VOYA magazine. He lives in Nazareth, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, and three cats.Review:
“Card has taken the venerable sf concepts of a superman and interstellar war against aliens, and, with superb characterization, pacing and language, combined them into a seamless story of compelling power. This is Card at the height of his very considerable powers--a major sf novel by any reasonable standards.” ―Booklist on Ender's Game
“An absorbing, near-flawless performance.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Ender's Shadow
“The wonders of Battleschool and flashsuits and children's armies should keep readers turning pages.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Ender's Shadow
“An exceptional work.” ―School Library Journal on Ender's Shadow
“A multi-level tale, well told. The extremely short chapters and cinematic point-of-view shifts keep the pages flipping quickly. The author makes both main characters equally compelling.” ―Publishers Weekly on Flip
“[A] quick, fun, funny book . . . for just about anyone who can read.” ―San Diego Union-Tribune on Flip
“A funny and imaginative tale. This is an enjoyable read that will appeal to both boys and girls.” ―KLIATT on Flip
“The narrative jumps nimbly between the siblings and also includes their meek but funny friends Ellis and the school bully, who is headed for an inevitable showdown with Ryan. [A] pleasant choice for humorous science fiction fans.” ―School Library Journal on Flip
“Lubar's first novel is wondrously surprising, playful, and heartwarming. A promising new author.” ―VOYA on Hidden Talents
“A good bet for readers who like offbeat fiction. The dialogue is right on target with plenty of humor.” ―Booklist on Hidden Talents
“Sure to be popular.” ―Kliatt on Hidden Talents
“Lubar serves up great fun, along with an insight or two for those whose powers are only too human.” ―Publishers Weekly on Hidden Talents
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