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Trickster (Silent Empire) Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Silent Empire (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451459415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451459411
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,372,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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In the third novel of the Silent Empire, Father Kendi Weaver and his comrades on the Poltergeist have mounted a shoestring search-and-rescue mission for missing family members, including Kendi's own parents and siblings. Apart from slender resources, the searchers have to deal only with such minor problems as a disintegrating interstellar economy, a variety of rogues, and slaving rings, who may be responsible for how the sought went missing and who want to make the Poltergeist crew go missing in the same manner. The characters, including the two gay ones, were introduced in Dreamer (2001) and Nightmare [BKL O 1 02]--fine for old readers, but not quite so for new ones. The action remains fast, furious, and absorbing, though, and a cliffhanger ending implies at least one more book. Frieda Murray
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About the Author

Steven Harper lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife and son. When not at the keyboard, he sings, plays the folk harp, and collects folk music. In the past, he’s held jobs as a reporter, theater producer, secretary, and substitute teacher. He maintains that the most interesting thing about him is that he writes books. Currently he’s at work on a second Silent Empire novel.

More About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom.

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature...". She was also honored with the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the St. Katharine Drexel Award from the Catholic Librarian Association.

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.

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This book kept me on the edge of my seat.
Julie Beck
Colorful characters, high tech and imaginative plots... What's not to love?!
Allen
I was like huh....was there a novel called Despair.
Jimi Dracutt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you want to read this book go for it. This book is one of my favorit books. If you like books about horses this is a book for you. this is an exiting book. once you read this book and you love it look for other wild at heart books such as Masks, fight for life, teachers pet,homeless and lots more! if you think you might like it I say go for it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on November 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Slavery is common and legal on certain planets in the universe. The most valuable of all is the Silent because they can enter dreams and send communications as well as conduct commerce over several light years. When the Despair came and over ninety percent of the Silent could no longer enter the Dream, they become ever more valuable. The children of Irfar, a silent nomadic order, is trying to rescue as many of the lost silent as possible.
Father Kendi Weaver, temporary captain of the spaceship Poltergeist, intends to rescue two of his family located on the planet Drin. Before he makes that attempt, he snatches his crewmate's son out of slavery. When they arrive on Drin, they discover his brother and sister have been kidnapped by a mega conglomeration Silent Acquisitions. Kendi and his crew have to figure out a way to rescue them, an almost impossible task but one that can be accomplished by those ready to risk everything on one roll of the dice.
This is the third book in the Silent Empire series and it continues the stories of characters of the previous two books. Kendi and Ben are now a couple; Kareen has her son restored to her after her spouse sold him into slavery; and Kendi has a chance of reuniting with part of his family. All is not roses because Ben discovers his true biological heritage and unless someone can figure out a way of bringing the Silent back into the Dream, a futire civilization will cease to exist. Steven Harper is a genius when it comes to believable world building.
Harriet Klausner
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A Kid's Review on March 17, 2004
Format: Library Binding
Trickster, by Laurie Halse Anderson, is one of the best books that I have ever read. It's about a boy named David whose parents get a divorce. He has to go and live with his mom. To help David take his mind off of things, she takes him to the farm where he used to ride horses. One day, David rides away from his group. David gets a chance to work at a vet clinic and David and the rest of the kids and Dr. Mac are going on a trip to the same farm. Find out what happens next in Trickster.
I like the book because the book is interesting, funny, exciting and sometimes you can't even put the book down. It's one of my favorites in the whole world.
I think that the author (Laurie Halse Anderson) could have put a little more past times in the book, maybe a little more exclamatory events too.
The message to this book is to help others when they are in trouble. Also, be responsible and don't always play around.
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Format: Paperback
Do you have a boy who likes horses? This is THE book you've been looking for. My fourth-grade son LOVED it. He read it in one sitting (almost unheard of for fiction) and just inhaled the vocabulary, setting, etc.

All the Wild At Heart books are well-written, with realistic situations and credible (compelling) character arcs. The lead characters always learn something important about themselves and about human-animal interactions. Laurie Halse Anderson writes accurately about animals (horses here, cats and dogs in other books -- all of which I've owned for extended periods of time). She is both deeply sympathetic to and realistic about animals -- and about kids.

And don't be put off by the American Girl imprint -- this is NOT a book just for girls ... just a far-sighted acquisition by AG.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julie Beck on December 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Wild At Heart book Trickster is a great book. I finished the book in two days , i just couldn't put it down. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I like horses, but by reading this book i love them even more. This book has one of the best endings i have ever read. All of the Wild At Heart books are very good, but Trickster is the best.
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Laurie Andersons books are wonderful in teen reading. I finally found the idea books my niece will read. Her books always have animals in them and that is the key to attract her interest. I just have to look at the series and buy in number order and it couldnt be any easier than that to send a gift to her. I firmly believe in the power of books and think every kid needs to read. Try these for your teenage girl, I am sure they will become her favorite as well.
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