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Product Details

  • Series: Laddertop (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Tor/Seven Seas; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324603
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''The main characters in this volume are largely female, strong and intelligent, a wonderful departure from male-dominated extraterrestrial offerings . . . An intriguing beginning--readers will clamor for the follow-up.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. 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. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf 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.  Card was born in Washington 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, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

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Orson Scott Card is the bestselling author best known for the classic Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and other novels in the Ender universe. Most recently, he was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature, from the American Library Association. Card has written sixty-one books, assorted plays, comics, and essays and newspaper columns. His work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the Hugo and the Nebula Awards-the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on 'best of' lists and been adopted by cities, universities and libraries for reading programs. The Ender novels have inspired a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. A highly anticipated The Authorized Ender Companion, written by Jake Black, is also forthcoming.Card offers writing workshops from time to time and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.Orson Scott Card currently lives with his family in Greensboro, NC.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dustin L. Dopps on September 30, 2011
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First of all, let me point out that this is "Volume 1" and is not a self-contained story. That's a bit annoying since we don't know when the next volume will come out. But if you can look past that, there is a decent Card-esque story hiding in here.

The plot and pacing reminded me quite a bit of Card's most popular book, Ender's Game. It's about children. In space. There is Zero-G (and puking). And there is some mystery to what is going on.

I'm not usually a manga fan, and while I was able to figure out what was going on, I agree with another reviewer that things jump around a bit. You might only get a line or two of dialog and you have to really pay attention to the artwork in each panel to keep track of the "action" of the scene.

Overall, I enjoyed the story enough to recommend LadderTop. I just hope we get more of it sooner, rather than later.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
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
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Reader VINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
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I have been carrying the AARP discount card for more than a decade. I try to buy EVERYTHING Orson Scott Card writes. Rarely am I disappoointed in the return I get from my investment in money to purchase or time to read. But this one was just not for me. I have enjoyed other graphic novels. My first was Maus. This one I think is the japaneese style which is very popular around the world.

It just was too jumpy for me. Not enough dialog for me to understand what was going on. The illustration style seemed to require simultaneous integration of the many image panels on a page. I guess I am to old and linear for this stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zackeroo on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a review for the audio book. If your expecting something comparable to Ender's Game, you will be very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read Laddertop (Vol. 1) this morning. It's a manga series that seems to be aimed primarily at an audience of pre-teen girls. I'm not in the target demographic (being a 36-old male), but I still thought the central mystery is very intriguing. I'm interested in seeing where OSC and Emily decide to go with it.

Certain story elements are clearly reminiscent of Ender's Game (e.g., kids training in zero gravity; dream visions sent from an unknown alien race). This is probably unfortunate, as a lot of online manga review sites have dismissed it as an Ender rip-off for girls. But that's not really fair; after the first three chapters, the core mythology begins to develop along a very different set of lines than EG.

Does anyone know when Volume 2 is coming out?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy (Reading Date) on November 17, 2011
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I haven't read too much Manga, or even read Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1), but this space adventure sounded like something new and entertaining to try. Laddertop is a collaborative book by Orson Scott Card and his daughter Emily Janice Card, and they conceived of the kids-in-space idea during San Diego Comic-Con one year. It's quick, entertaining and different, and made me interested to read more science fiction books like this, and Ender's Game.

The story took me a little while to get into at first as I was trying to get my bearings with the artistic style. There are a lot of details to notice in the artwork and you have to pay close attention to get the most out of the story. The story is about two eleven year old middle school girls, Robbi and Azure, who are interested in attending the exclusive Laddertop Academy, a school located in space. There are all kinds of tests that the kids must pass in order to go into space, and this process is shrouded in mystery.

Azure and Robbi are best friends and total opposites. Azure has an over the top personality and is excited about every aspect of Laddertop Academy, while Robbi can take it or leave it, though she does seem to be well suited for it. The story moves at a breakneck pace while the situation is being established and all the characters are introduced. I suspect we will learn more in depth info about the characters in future books. Azure really cracked me up with her bold personality.

The space training includes many details you may be wondering about space travel, including transport and the cool space chairs you ride in, and even bathroom logistics.
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