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Laddertop Books 1 - 2
     

Laddertop Books 1 - 2

by Orson Scott Card, Emily Janice Card, Honoel
 

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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

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466838321
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
640,376
File size:
187 MB
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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.


Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.


Emily Janice Card has read a number of audiobooks, including Ben Bova's The Aftermath, Orson Scott Card's Ender in Exile, Lisa Gardner's The Neighbor, and several titles by Kimberly Willis Holt. Card  is an actor, singer, and writer from North Carolina.  On screen, she's appeared in The Delivery.  Her stage work includes The Importance of Being Earnest, Bye Bye Birdie, The Fantasticks, and Once Upon a Mattress.  She also adapted and starred in the play A Sepulcher of Songs, based on a short story by her father, Orson Scott Card. 
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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