Laddertop Books 1 - 2
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Laddertop Books 1 - 2

by Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card, Honoel A. Ibardolaza
     
 

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From Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game comes a 384-page omnibus edition containing the first two books of an all-ages manga series!

Out of deep space, a mysterious alien race known as "The Givers" came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rose 36,000 miles into

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From Orson Scott Card, the author of Ender's Game comes a 384-page omnibus edition containing the first two books of an all-ages manga series!

Out of deep space, a mysterious alien race known as "The Givers" came to Earth. They gave the human race the greatest technology ever seen—four giant towers known as Ladders that rose 36,000 miles into space. Each tower culminated in a space station that harnessed the energy of the Sun to power the entire planet. As suddenly as the Givers arrived, they vanished, leaving the human race with one solemn instruction: maintain and preserve the Ladders at all costs. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, however, only a skilled crew of children could perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations running.

Twenty-five years later, back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are best friends, are among those vying for a spot at the prestigious academy. While one is rejected, the other takes off into space for the adventure of a lifetime. Yet soon, their destinies will collide, as they must decipher an alien message and solve an ancient mystery that could either save the Earth from invasion...or trigger its imminent destruction.

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“With competent manga-style illustrations by the award-winning Ibardolaza…this stands as a worthy young adult adventure novel.” —Publishers Weekly on Laddertop Volume 1

“A high-octane outer space adventure… The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from male-dominated extraterrestrial offerings. Ibardolaza's muscular art blends manga and Western aesthetics. An intriguing beginning; readers will clamor for the follow-up.” —Kirkus Reviews on Laddertop Volume 1

“It's a fun read, aided by the dynamic artwork of illustrator Honoel A. Ibardolaza. And the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers waiting anxiously for the next installment.” —Deseret News on Laddertop Volume 1

For Laddertop Volume 1:

“With competent manga-style illustrations by the award-winning Ibardolaza…this stands as a worthy young adult adventure novel.” —Publishers Weekly

“A high-octane outer space adventure… The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from male-dominated extraterrestrial offerings. Ibardolaza’s muscular art blends manga and Western aesthetics. An intriguing beginning; readers will clamor for the follow-up.” —Kirkus Reviews

“It's a fun read, aided by the dynamic artwork of illustrator Honoel A. Ibardolaza. And the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers waiting anxiously for the next installment.”—Deseret News

One of YALSA’s 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Tanya Paglia
Aliens have given Earth a resource they cannot live without, and then they disappeared. The power source they left behind must be tended to by a group that possesses the dexterity to keep it running. Eleven-year-olds Robbi and Azure are chosen, along with a host of other children, to attend Laddertop Academy, where they believe they will be performing this very important task in space. Unfortunately, they soon suspect that something is not quite right. Azure is sent back almost immediately when he fails the mysterious “scan” test, and after Robbi is bitten by a dragonfly she begins to have nightmares about pulling the plug on the whole operation, which will not only terminate the project but also destroy Laddertop in the process. With Azure gone, who can Robbi trust to help her figure out what is really going on at the academy? Children are being put in harm’s way, but why? Robbi is about to find out, and the outcome will surprise everyone. Card and Scott have teamed up to write an exciting story with crisp, manga-style illustrations by Honoel A. Ibardolaza. Tweens and teens will love this spaced-out story that takes place at an academy where kids get to defy gravity in more ways than one. The adventure is nonstop, and the illustrations transport the reader as the space saga unfolds. Reviewer: Tanya Paglia; Ages 11 to 15.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765324610
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
350,024
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ORSON SCOTT CARD wrote the bestselling novels Ender's Game, The Lost Gate, and Pathfinder. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

EMILY JANICE CARD is an award-winning reader of audiobooks, including The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott and Podkayne of Mars. She also wrote, co-directed, and acted in Jane Austen's Fight Club.

HONOEL A. IBARDOLAZA is an award-winning illustrator of children's books and manga, including The Greediest of Rajahs and the Whitest of Clouds. He lives in the Philippines.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Greensboro, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1951
Place of Birth:
Richland, Washington
Education:
B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
Website:
http://www.hatrack.com

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