Laddertop Volume 1

Laddertop Volume 1

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765324603
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.42(w) x 4.98(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: GN440L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the bestselling Ender’s Universe series and its spinoffs. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. Card has also written the fantasy Tales of Alvin Maker and Mither Mages series. Card has written many other stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

Emily Janice Card has read a number of audiobooks, including Card's Ender in Exile and Ben Bova's The Aftermath. Card is an actor on stage and screen, a singer, and a writer. She also adapted and starred in the play A Sepulcher of Songs, based on a short story Orson Scott Card.


Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington


B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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Laddertop, Volume 1 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
At the Deerfield Middle school tweeners reticent Robbi Holton and aggressive Azure Miles are BFFs. Whereas Robbi expects to remain at Deerfield, Azure wants to attend Laddertop Academy where children are trained at maintenance of the humongous ladders that rise 36000 miles from the surface and the four power space stations where the steps end. A quarter of a century ago, the alien Givers arrived at earth and before abrutly vanishing left behind special energy technology with the ladders and stations. Azure is euphoric to hear her name called to attend Laddertop; Robbi on the other hands has doubts longer than the ladders because she leaves behind her siblings under the abusive watch of their stepfather. At the academy, a strange beast bites Robbie leaving her with an odd mark that bleeds on and off for no apparent reason. She also struggles with eerier dreams that shake her well being. The pair soon begins to look into the enigma of the Givers; unaware that their investigation could destroy mankind. This is a great first act middle school graphic science fiction comic book. The lead protagonists are intrepid but display their courageous in totally opposite ways. They make the entertaining Card dad and daughter collaboration fun to read while Honoel A. Ibardolaza's illustrations enhance the space adventures of two preadolescent feisty females. Harriet Klausner
kayceel on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Robbi's best friend Azure dreams of being chosen to go to Laddertop, a space station built by aliens that came to Earth twenty-five years before. The space stations require small, trained humans for maintenance, so when Azure, two classmates and Robbi are chosen, they undergo some intense training first...but there are distressing signs that the aliens may not have been so gentle/peaceful as they pretended to be.While the big picture story - what was the real reason aliens came to Earth and built incredibly advanced tools for humans to use, then leave? - is intriguing, the execution is less so. The story seemed disjointed, as if panels or pages were missing, and this volume is waaaaay to childish for the teen audience it's marketed to.I give this one a "Meh." But I may try out the 2nd volume. Good for girls looking for smart female characters in science fiction stories.
readafew on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Laddertop Vol. 1 is as the title suggests the first book in the Laddertop series and I hope not the last. This is a young adult graphic novel and I was a little leery at first partly because I was afraid it was really going to be focused on young girls since the that is who the main characters are. I¿m happy to say that while it¿s about these young kids it¿s not a just a story about being a young girl. While reading Laddertip I felt echoes of Ender¿s game; there was the brush with a mostly unknown extra-terrestial culture; military personnel training children for a job; most people unaware of what is really going on. There was also the feel of Gunnerkrigg Court, another graphic novel about a girl going to school away from friends and family where mysteries abound. About 25 years previously the `givers¿ came and shared with us their technology, including for towers or elevators that extend 36,000 miles into space. They provide power to Earth as well as making it easier to put things into orbit and bring materials back to earth from asteroids. The ladders were designed in such a way that the using children for the repair work was found to be the most efficient way and so a culture has grown up around the ladders for children competing to be chosen. This first book is primarily about Robbi and her trials on her way to Laddertop, and it stops shortly after. This book is really just to prime the pump if you will, all setup and a lot of explanation is still left to do. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and I hope the next one will be out soon.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
I am no comic book/manga/gamer/sci-fi expert. At all. My comic book experience only goes back to the Archie comics and Garfield comic books. So I don't know if I am especially qualified to review this book on a technical level. I don't know the lingo or definitions of what makes a book a comic or a graphic novel, or a manga. But I do know what I like and I'll base this mini-review on that. When I started reading, I thought I would be lost. I felt the synopsis gave me enough of a base to go on and it did. I was able to immediately jump into the story. The illustrations were beautiful and did a fabulous job of telling the story, the characters were fun, and the story was interesting. The actual reading time spent on Laddertop was one to two hours, tops. That speedy reading time made it a nice little palate cleanser, which isn't to say there was anything wrong with the book, only that it served as a change of pace for me. Like I said, I'm not an expert on this genre, but if you enjoy a lively fast-paced story, Laddertop would surely fit that bill. *I received a copy of Laddertop from Tor Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.*
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
I haven¿t read much manga, but really wanted to read this one because the story sounded new and different and Orson Scott Card¿s name was attached to it. Laddertop has the feel of Naruto in space, which is pretty awesome to me. The story remained interesting and unpredictable the entire way through and I can easily see this being made into an animated series as well. The characters are all so varied and their personalities so distinct, I never once confused any of them. As this was only volume 1 of the series, the ending left me with much to wonder about and I am anticipating finding out more about the alien Givers and what they are really about. This is a really great start to a new manga series! Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so utterly disappointed... this is a childs comic book, not something like Card is so very well known for. Thankfully my local B&N store took it back for credit!