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Earthborn (Ormingat Trilogy) Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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"Every moment is magical in this enthralling book about the meaning of home." -- "School Library Journal", Starred"Earthborn takes off on its own unique and rewarding course." -- "The Horn Book Magazine", Starred"An original and involving . . . addition to fiction collections." -- "Booklist"Praise for "Space Race" "Will keep 8-10 year olds on the edge of their seats." -- "Books for Children"
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Waugh has followed up her charming, mysterious, wise, and psychologically and spiritually resonant Mennyms series with an "aliens" series concerning beings from Ormingat who take human form to study Earth, not for invasion or any malevolent reason (Ormingat is a place of peaceful love and beauty) but simply out of curiosity, and perhaps to divine what ails us. Underlying themes, as in the Mennyms books, include the nature of identity, spirituality, and family relationships, but as allusive as in classic fairy tales, yet the books are real page turners that leave me reading too fast at times because I can't wait to see what happens.
"Earthborn" is the first follow-up to "Space Race," and while "Earthborn" could easily be read and understood on its own, the enjoyment would be enhanced by starting with "Space Race." The two books are cleverly interwoven, as in the Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket series. In "Earthborn," young teenager Nesta discovers that in fact her kindly, ordinary-seeming parents are not from Boston, as they always said, but from Ormingat, having arrived (like other Ormingatrig) in a spaceship the size and shape of a golf ball. Nesta's destiny may lie not in her quiet British home- and school-life, with her love of reading and her best friend Amy, but elsewhere . . .
Waugh is described on the book jacket as a retired teacher, and her books shine with her kindly understanding of children. Her immersion in the child's world and concerns is, like the characters, so vibrant. There are also points so laugh-out-loud funny that I had tears in my eyes (but I don't want to give anything away).
Thankfully, unlike in the Harry Potter books, no editor has "Americanized" Waugh's books, so that we have complete access in the U.S. editions to all the charm of British English.
I read these books as an adult and so treasure them. I just can't wait for the next installment in the current series! The children to whom I have given Waugh's books love as much as I do, and I highly, highly recommend "Earthborn" and Waugh's other books to children and adults alike. Like the best literature, it's entertainment PLUS.
Nesta, the protagonist, at first thinks her parents are playing a joke on her, then is shocked when it becomes obvious that what she's hearing and seeing is the truth. She quickly comes to the realization that she is earth-born and has absolutely no desire to leave her home to live in a strange new world. She devises a plan which will make her unavailable when the deadline arrives. She becomes worried that her parents, who have strong ties to their home planet, will leave without her, but this doesn't stop her from knowing that she can never make the journey with them.
This story contains the elements of secrets, suspense, the strong forces of love, and the meaning of true friendship. It is written in the style of English prose and uses the vernacular of that country. It may be difficult for young readers to discern the meaning of some words that are of distinctly British origin without help from an adult, but the story is worth the effort.
Earthborn, written by British author Sylvia Waugh, is a good read for adults and for children ages nine and up who are on the verge of wanting to be independent, yet are still young enough to need the ties that bind them to their parents.
I read this book without first having read the companion book Space Race. I did not get the feeling that I had missed anything, but I now find myself anxious to read that book as well as the Mennyms series. Sylvia Waugh has just landed another fan in me, and I will recommend this book to other avid readers of childrens' books.
Now there has been a crisis--another alien from their planet who is living on Earth has roused suspicions in the government and it may be dangerous for Nesta's family to remain. Her parents receive instructions to prepare to leave immediately. They must be in their spaceship within days, and the ship will take off automatically on time. Nesta's parents now must tell their daughter the very difficult truth--that she is an alien and within a week she will be returning to an alien planet.
The news does not go over well with Nesta. In fact, she absolutely refuses to return to her parents' home planet. Instead, she develops a plan to go into hiding until it is too late for her parents to be on the spaceship heading home. But will her plan work, or will it just rouse more suspicions?
I liked the concept of the story--the descriptions of the home planet and of the spaceship were really interesting. I also liked most of the characters, and I liked how Nesta's parents were portrayed, as loving parents but also as bewildered aliens.
The main characters are Nesta ,Alison (the mom) and Matthew (the dad). Nesta is a normal 12 year old with unusual problems. Alison (Mom) is normal too. She works at the university as in assistant. Matthew (Dad) is normal as well. Every year he has to leave an a `business trip'.
Nesta would not listen to her parents that she was from another planet. She thinks that her parents are lying... but they aren't. Nesta is trying all her best to miss the dead line to the trip to Ormingat. Will her parents leave with out her? Read this story and find out. I recommend this book to young and old science fiction readers.