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Earthborn (Ormingat Trilogy) Paperback – 3 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009943847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099438472
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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The keeping-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat sequel to Space Race --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Library Binding
Nothing weird or surreal about this book at all - it's just science fiction. A nicely executed story (with an interesting twist) on the age old theme of a child brought up in a different culture from her parents' and who can't bear the idea of being uprooted to go "home" to their planet.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was weird. I'm not sure if I liked it or not. It's about a girl called Nesta, and she finds out that her parents are from a planet called Ormingat, and that they have to move back there, and so she runs away as she doesn't want to. I had to give it a rating, and so I put it in the middle. "I am earth born and earth bred" says Nesta. "I am not of this earth" says her mother, Alice. This book is not of this earth. Its surreal, very surreal...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction for Middle Readers 28 Jun. 2013
By Steven Dennis - Published on
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I happened upon Ms Waugh's books by a review in the Horn Book magazine. I read the first one, and then I had to read the entire collection. Extraterrestrials -- children of such beings -- living on Earth -- England. It all adds up to a wonderful, inventive, inviting read. This is a series of books that could easily be overlooked. So, I am here to praise them -- in hopes that, through my review, others might discover them and enjoy them as much as I have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvellous Page Turner 16 Sept. 2002
By Suzanne Simpson - Published on
Format: Library Binding
I am told that the late Edward Gorey listed the British children's book author Sylvia Waugh as one of his favorite authors. Waugh's highly original books have received critical acclaim and numerous awards in Europe. There are translations in many languages, including Japanese. How her work has escaped best seller status in the United States, especially with our emphases on humor and spirituality, is a puzzle to me except that here book sales tend to depend so much on marketing. We on should have word of mouth on this author, though.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read 16 Mar. 2003
By Lois Ellis - Published on
Format: Library Binding
Imagine thinking that you were a normal twelve-year-old girl living in England with your parents, leading a very normal life. You know that you are somewhat different than your peers because you refuse to fight off the school bullies, nor will you tell on them. Suddenly, and without warning, your parents divulge the shocking news that, though you were born on earth, they actually come from a faraway planet. It will take three years to travel there in a golf ball-size spaceship and you must all leave in seven days!
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Story 10 Jun. 2007
By A. Luciano - Published on
Format: Paperback
Nesta, an adolescent girl living in England, has never felt all that different from other kids her age. Therefore, her parents try to break the news to her gently. Her mother used to tell her a fairy tale when she was young about living on another planet and traveling to Earth in a tiny little spaceship. It turns out that the story wasn't such a fairy tale after all.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Earthborn 7 Sept. 2004
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Format: Hardcover
Do you ever think you must be from another planet? That is what Nesta thinks. This is a science-fiction story set in England about a girl who finds out that she is an alien. She comes from afar away planet called Ormingat. The only reason Nesta's family is leaving Earth is because of a disappearance of a boy and his father. Nesta's family thinks that they are from Ormingat too.

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.
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