From Publishers Weekly
Tor's Starscape imprint reissues four titles this season. The first, The Whispering Mountain by Joan Aiken first published in 1968 follows Owen and Arabis as they try to prevent the evil Lord Mayln from stealing the town's magical golden harp. In the other three: the young protagonist battles the Buggers, a band of hostile aliens in Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card, a companion novel to last season's Ender's Game; The Garden Behind the Moon by 19th-century novelist Howard Pyle tells of a boy's journey to the beyond; and in Orvis by H.M. Hoover, the titular robot, a girl named Toby and her friend Thaddeus flee when Toby's grandmother threatens to send her to school on Mars. (June)
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“An enchanting, original story.” —The Times of London
“Wild, bold, imaginative...the story is funny, exciting and strange.” —Daily Telegraph
“A humorous unhistorical novel set in the imaginary reign of James III. Aiken is a natural storyteller with the gift of endless comic invention.” —The Guardian Prize committee