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Galax-Arena
     

Galax-Arena

4.7 10
by Gillian Rubinstein, Joanne Pendola
 

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Peter, Joella, and Lianne are forced onto a spaceship and taken to the planet Vexa where they are made to perform death-defying stunts for their alien captors. Joella has never been a good gymnast and now she faces the unspeakable alternative--becoming a Vexan's pet. Then she discovers the hair-raising truth--they've never left Earth! Who's behind this elaborate hoax

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Peter, Joella, and Lianne are forced onto a spaceship and taken to the planet Vexa where they are made to perform death-defying stunts for their alien captors. Joella has never been a good gymnast and now she faces the unspeakable alternative--becoming a Vexan's pet. Then she discovers the hair-raising truth--they've never left Earth! Who's behind this elaborate hoax and why? Young Adult.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Galax-Arena in the year 2025 is an arena much like the ancient Roman ones, where slaves and other captives fight for the amusement of titled Romans. But this Arena is on a different planet, and human children have been kidnapped and are held there to perform or, when they can no longer perform, to serve as pets for the Aliens. The relationships among the humans in this rather sophisticated drama are fascinating, bringing to mind the young savages in Lord of the Flies.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this bleak import, a smooth-talking stranger named Hythe kidnaps three Australian children and tells them they're being sent to a distant planet to entertain a race of tentacled aliens. Learning to speak a Caribbean-flavored patois, they train with other stolen young people, forming cliques and rivalries, egging one another on to ever more dangerous, and sometimes fatal, acrobatic stunts-all except the unathletic Joella, who is caged as a pet for one of the bug-eyed ``Vexa.'' Then Joella sees a common fly, and the deception unravels: they never left Earth. She discovers that she and her companions are being used as experimental specimens in a secret gerontological project, and that the ``aliens'' are only very old people in disguise. Even knowing the truth, most of her companions can't be persuaded to escape; those who do find themselves fugitives on a war-torn, overpopulated planet. The ruse seems overelaborate, but the ease with which the young acrobats abandon their humanity is chilling. Though most of them refuse to leave, they still turn on Hythe the instant his authority is no longer absolute. Joella is a strong, complex character, but readers are more likely to remember the cheerless future in which she lives.-John Peters, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689812354
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/07/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Galax-Arena 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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amethyst88 More than 1 year ago
Galax-Arena is my favorite book ever. I've read it several times over the years, starting when I was about 9 or 10 (I'm 21 now) and I love it more every time I read it. I had to search used bookstores in order to find a copy of it and I was so thrilled when I finally got it. Terra-Farma is not as good, but is still an excellent book. I got a used copy of TF from Australia for my birthday (it was one of my favorite birthday gifts). I really hope Universercus actually comes out one day, but I'm not going to hold my breath. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who asks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. It's hard to read at first, but once you've finished it the first time and understand it better, it's excellent. For the people who want Terra-farma: you can try to find a used copy in the US or order it from Australia. You might be able to get it from New Zealand too, I'm not sure. It hasn't been published in the US as of the moment, I don't know if they plan to publish it here. Maybe by the time you read this, it'll be here. ::shrugs:: There's also going to be a third and final book, Universercus. It hasn't been published anywhere yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! All Gillian Rubinstein's books are great(I'm sure, though I've only read a few), but this one just sticks out to me. I really connected emotionally w/ the characters. I want to read the sequel, but I can't find Terra-Farma anywhere...I encourage everyone who is a fan of science-fiction(well, even the people who aren't)to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book where 3 siblings are shipped to another planet and have to perform death-defying stunts for an alien species (vexa). Joella could not perform the stunts so she had to become a pet for the aliens. one day, something happens which leads her to the truth..this is a great book! and for everyone who wants to know the sequel, it's terra-farma
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definetly a thumbs up book. i could probably read it over 2-3 more times. definetly recomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
good book and the gymnest form dc should shut up because she does not know a good book when she reads one if she can even read
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didnt think this book was that great. i thought it was boring and confusing. i don't recomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Galax-Arena is a great and un-predictable book. It is intresting and makes you want to keep reading it forever. I loved this book I also really hope there is a sequal, I'll keep looking for it!