Journey Between Worlds

Journey Between Worlds

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by Sylvia Engdahl
     
 

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Eighteen-year-old Melinda Ashley never wanted to go to Mars. she had her life all planned out—marry ross and become a teacher. but when her estranged father convinces her to take an interplanetary vacation, she finds herself tempted to leave behind her comfortable existence on earth. Mars isn’t at all what she expected, and when she meets Alex preston, a… See more details below

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Eighteen-year-old Melinda Ashley never wanted to go to Mars. she had her life all planned out—marry ross and become a teacher. but when her estranged father convinces her to take an interplanetary vacation, she finds herself tempted to leave behind her comfortable existence on earth. Mars isn’t at all what she expected, and when she meets Alex preston, a second-generation Martian colonist, she finds herself on a surprising new path. sylvia engdahl’s classic novel has been revised and updated by the author to reflect new discoveries and research about Mars.

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Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Melinda does not want to travel to Mars but her father is ecstatic and convinced this is a perfect graduation presen—plus his business wants to open a branch there. Melinda would be content to live in her grandmother's house on the beach, marry her high school sweetheart, and raise children the old fashioned way. She will endure this trip for her father but return to Earth and a normal existence within a year. On the voyage to Mars she meets Alex, who was born on Mars and is returning after a year of college on Earth. He wants her to see that it is more than a scientific experiment. She is bound and determined to find it a miserable place to live, and insists that the colonists are provincial, and New Terra is a waste of valuable funds. To pass the time, she takes college courses, socializes with her father's colleagues and Alex's family, and aides in the high school. In the end, due to her love of Alex, she stays on Mars and comes to appreciate it for what it is. Inconsistencies between the actions and the emotions that are expressed, make the characters shallow and unrealistic. Alex says Melinda is brave, but she is afraid to venture outside the air-sealed domes, don a space suit, or fully experience what it means to live on Mars. Instead of learning to get along, settling new territory is the author's solution to overcrowding, pollution, and wars on Earth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440684326
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/14/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,450,129
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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