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Ender's shadow
Orson Scott Card
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From Publishers' Weekly:

You can't step into the same river twice, but Card has gracefully dipped twice into the same inkwellÄonce for Ender's Game and again for this stand-alone "parallel novel." The course readers will follow this time is of the superhuman child Bean. Raised on streets ruled by starving children's gangs, he was too weak, at age four, to hold peanuts in his hand, but ingenious enough to trick the other children into civilizing themselvesÄand to keep himself alive. When his genius and uncanny understanding of individuals' motivations are discovered, he is sent to Battle School, where children learn to command fleets for the war with the alien BuggersÄthe smallest kid ever to do so. Bean is not as perfect as Ender WigginÄhero of the Ender Quartet, begun with Ender's Game and concluded with Children of the MindÄbut he becomes Ender's ally. Though Bean is cold at first, the kind of child who weighs the costs of hugging the nun who saved him from the streets, he wants to understand the respect and love that Ender wields. Thus, Bean's story is twofold: he learns to be a soldier, and to be human. Devotees of the Ender saga will delight in the revelations about the formation of Ender's Dragon army and about the last of Ender's games. Though newcomers to the series may miss many of the novel's points, the wonders of Battle School and flashsuits and children's armies should keep them turning pages. As always, everyone will be struck by the power of Card's children, always more and less than human, perfect yet struggling, tragic yet hopeful, wondrous and strange. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Taken from the streets of Rotterdam and sent to Battle School to learn the skills necessary to defeat the alien race called the Buggers, the child prodigy known only as Bean soon arouses the curiosity of the military leaders, who suspect him of being something other than human. Card returns to the world of his award-winning Ender's Game to tell the story of a child's desperate struggle for recognition and self-worth in a world where children must take on the role of soldiers for humanity to survive. The author's superb storytelling and his genuine insight into the moral dilemmas that lead good people to commit questionable actions make this title a priority purchase for most libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/99.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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