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Journey Between Worlds (Firebird) [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Engdahl
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When Melinda Ashley receives a ticket to Mars as a high school graduation gift from her dad, she isn't at all eager for the trip. But he is going himself, and because she hasn't had much opportunity to get to know him in the past, she agrees to accompany him. She has little interest in the Martian colonies until, aboard the ship, she meets Alex Preston, a second-generation colonist who is going home. During her stay on Mars she finds herself more and more drawn to Alex and begins to understand why he and his family believe so strongly in the future they are working toward. Ultimately, after she has faced tragedy and sorrow, a terrifying experience on the Martian moon Phobos shows Melinda what is really
important to her.

This edition has been updated to reflect discoveries about Mars and changes in attitudes toward women's roles that have occurred since the original 1970 edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399245324
  • Publisher: Firebird (14 Jun 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QKSWPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #847,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sylvia Engdahl is the author of nine science fiction novels, six of which are Young Adult novels that are also enjoyed by adults. The one for which she is best known, "Enchantress from the Stars," was a Newbery Honor book, winner of the 1990 Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association, and a finalist for the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year in the Rediscovery category. Her three latest novels, the trilogy "Stewards of the Flame," "Promise of the Flame," and "Defender of the Flame," are for adults. Recently, she has published an updated and expanded edition of her nonfiction book "The Planet-Girded Suns," first published in 1974 with the subtitle "Man's View of Other Solar Systems" and now subtitled "The History of Human Thought About Extrasolar Worlds." She is a strong advocate of space colonization and has maintained a widely-read space section of her website for many years. She also created the site www.spacequotes.com, which contains quotations about why humankind must expand into space. From her home in Eugene, Oregon she now works as a freelance editor of nonfiction anthologies for high schools. She welcomes visitors to her website at www.sylviaengdahl.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 30 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Melinda doesn't want to go to Mars. Why leave Earth when everything humans are meant to enjoy is there? But when her father, whom she's only seen sporadically over the last ten years, asks her to join him on a business trip to one of the Mars colonies after she graduates from high school, she can't bring herself to refuse him. Little does she know her months on Mars will change the way she thinks about life, love, and humanity.

With JOURNEY BETWEEN WORLDS, Sylvia Louise Engdahl has written a science-fiction story that will appeal to a variety of teens. Melinda faces many of the same problems today's young adults do, only in an otherworldly location. The first person narrative puts readers right inside Melinda's head and allows them to see through her eyes. Her struggle to overcome her fear of change and to examine her feelings and beliefs honestly should resonate with anyone uncertain of exactly who they are and want to be.

The story, of course, is not only about Melinda, but also Mars. The descriptions of Mars and its colonies are fascinating in their detail and realism, providing an exciting setting for Melinda's personal conflicts. The colonists, with their pride and passion, will make readers wonder if they, too, would have the pioneer spirit.

I would recommend JOURNEY BETWEEN WORLDS to any teen looking for a thought-provoking read. Unlike many science-fiction novels, this is not a story of action and technology, but rather of wonder. I'll admit, at times I wished there was more excitement, but overall it was a satisfying read. Both Melinda's problems and the issues raised by the colonization of another planet will give readers much to ponder long after they've finished reading.

Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be in Print 15 Nov 2002
By Lindsey Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
This is a wonderful book, and one of my favorites in the whole world. The reader can really connect to the characters. It's a shame that it isn't in print. In my opinion, Engdahl's novels should be included with other popular young adult science fiction/fantasy classics like The Giver, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, etc.
Don't pass up a chance to read this book.
P.S. They should make this book into a movie!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're all correct; this should be reprinted! 19 April 2003
By M. Friday - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I'm a lucky owner of this young adult novel. My poor copy is a beaten, bruised thing with a twisted spine and stained pages; I adore it.
Anyone familar with Engdahl's work understands that she lays a foundation of philosophy and bases story atop this sometimes shaky ground. Her ideals, however, are refreshing. Not hard sci-fi, not entirely romantic, and certainly not pushy, but full of hope and whimsy and thought-provocation. Considering that this was published in 1970, the scientific reasoning (surrounding the journey to Mars and Mars itself) is left open-ended and ambiguous, which I actually appreciate. It gives the novel a sense of timelessness and doesn't outdate recent scientific knowledge. What's left is a charming, charming tale.
We the reader even get our happy ending.
By the way, this was the first novel Engdahl wrote. She had difficulties locating a willing publisher and, while still searching, wrote Enchantress from the Stars. It was this second novel that got quickly swallowed by the Atheneum publishing house who then agreed to also print the much beloved Journey Between Worlds.
So, if this book presents itself, I highly recommend it! It's a fast and fetching read, Absolutely charming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please bring this back into print 23 April 2001
By A. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
If you ever ran out of Heinlein juveniles and Andre Norton's best space books and you started sobbing, wondering why there couldn't be more of those wise, wonderful, exciting books, calm down. Dry your eyes. Go find this book and Engdahl's Enchantress from the Stars. They are really good books, and it seems that the only reason they aren't as famous as the Moon of Three Rings or Have Spacesuit, Will Travel is that Engdahl must have run into some kind of serious marketing problems.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 30 Oct 2006
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Melinda doesn't want to go to Mars. Why leave Earth when everything humans are meant to enjoy is there? But when her father, whom she's only seen sporadically over the last ten years, asks her to join him on a business trip to one of the Mars colonies after she graduates from high school, she can't bring herself to refuse him. Little does she know her months on Mars will change the way she thinks about life, love, and humanity.

With JOURNEY BETWEEN WORLDS, Sylvia Louise Engdahl has written a science-fiction story that will appeal to a variety of teens. Melinda faces many of the same problems today's young adults do, only in an otherworldly location. The first person narrative puts readers right inside Melinda's head and allows them to see through her eyes. Her struggle to overcome her fear of change and to examine her feelings and beliefs honestly should resonate with anyone uncertain of exactly who they are and want to be.

The story, of course, is not only about Melinda, but also Mars. The descriptions of Mars and its colonies are fascinating in their detail and realism, providing an exciting setting for Melinda's personal conflicts. The colonists, with their pride and passion, will make readers wonder if they, too, would have the pioneer spirit.

I would recommend JOURNEY BETWEEN WORLDS to any teen looking for a thought-provoking read. Unlike many science-fiction novels, this is not a story of action and technology, but rather of wonder. I'll admit, at times I wished there was more excitement, but overall it was a satisfying read. Both Melinda's problems and the issues raised by the colonization of another planet will give readers much to ponder long after they've finished reading.

Reviewed by: Lynn Crow
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly unique, humanist science fiction 29 Dec 2005
By M. F. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
It's not very often that you can say a science fiction book is dated--and not consider that a problem. I wish someone would reprint _Journey Between Worlds_ because I'm not sure there's anything else like it--and it's a wonderful read. It's fascinating to look at how strange some of Melinda's preconceptions sound today. She assumes that she should let her boyfriend make decisions for her, and that she'll end up a housewife after she gets married and her husband finishes law school--and she eventually realizes she's not satisfied with that, but it happens quietly. Mentions of "Manifest Destiny" are also troubling historically--but it's funny when you realize that the planets they're talking about colonizing don't have any native inhabitants. The social implications all change, of course; in that sense this may be a really excellent book to read in the classroom, probably at a junior-high or high school level (if only it were in print!), because it does sort of explain the perspective of colonization in a way that lets you understand how the colonists must have felt. Comparing this book to a story sent on Earth, looking at colonization and oppression, would be a very interesting exercise.

On the other hand, perspectives of the space age--right as it began--are fascinating and beautiful. I'm not sure of any other novel that expresses that feeling so well. It's also a bit bittersweet to read it now, since the author's wide-eyed hopes haven't come to pass, after all over the intervening decades. I guess, all in all, there's a surprising amount to think about here. Plus a really good story (which I haven't even mentioned...)
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