Card, O. (1991). Ender’s game (Rev. ed.). New York, NY: Tor.
This is a science fiction book for older tweens it is listed as being for readers age 12-14 though i could see some younger readers looking for a more grown up book enjoying it. The story is pretty dark though. One commonsense review by a ten year old stated “This is one of the best books I have ever read (and that is saying something). Though it does have lots of violence, sex, and language, it is ok for mature 10 year olds”(Kid, 2013). Ender is living in a futuristic society where he is a fairly normal kid until he gets in a fight at school and gets sent to a new school because of his talents. This new school is a battle school and Ender is now being trained to defeat the buggers. He has all types of training but enjoys the video game he plays most of all with it’s ever changing challenges. He excels in many areas and is sent for special testing to see if he has what it takes to lead an attack against the buggers. He and some of his classmates take part in a giant simulation unlike anything he has done before and he manages to beat the buggers. The book has a giant twist though he wasn’t in a simulation he was really fighting the buggers and he has wiped them all out. The book ends with Ender on the ruined bugger planet facing what he has done. This is only the first book in the Enders quintet something tweens may not know. The first book was made into a movie a few years ago but the rest of the series did not get the Hollywood treatment.
This is a great recommendation for tweens interested in science fiction as well as those with military interests. While the movie came out a few years ago it may still be sparking tween interest so the library may find they get more circulation when promoting both materials together. It can be really fun to both read the book and watch the movie and discuss the differences. This is a great book for book lists or displays about science fiction or popular series for tweens.
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