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Ender's shadow ; Battle school
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2009
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  Library Journal Review

Bean is not your average everyday child-an illegally genetically engineered homeless being living in a grim future, he has a unique perspective that take center stage in this graphic novel adaptation of Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. Bean has been plucked from the streets of Rotterdam and plopped into Battle School, and his story adds a new dimension to the rich world of the "Ender's Game" series. Artists Fiumara and Brusco are in top form, offering a brutal and bleak adaptation of Card's hellish future. Carey's focus on the details of Bean's intricate workings gives the novel a slow yet rewarding pace; readers will feel immersed in the boy's future and yearn for more. Verdict Much deeper than Christopher Yost's adaptation of Ender's Game: Battle School, this title will please longtime fans of Card's original series. Highly recommended for more advanced readers, although with some effective booktalking, this title could appeal to a larger audience.-Justin Hoenke, Cape May Cty. Lib., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Marvel has surpassed the dandy Ender's Game: Battle School (2009) with this flawless, terrific graphic adaptation that expands the Ender Universe. The diminutive Bean grew up on the streets, where his keen, tactical intelligence help him survive and get him noticed by the insidious Hegemon, an organization charged with recruiting an army to combat the imminent invasion of insect-like aliens. Bean's story can easily stand alone, though it runs concurrently with and reflects Ender's rise through the rigors of Battle School and quest to escape the brutality of a vicious older-brother figure. While Ender was assailed by peer and psychological issues identifiable to childhood, Bean proves to be more of a fantasy figure; much of the enjoyment comes from the reaction his cold brilliance engenders in his peers and in adults, who begin to wonder who exactly is the puppet and who the masters. Fiumara contrasts the scruffiness of the streets and the cold technology of the school with sharp use of shadows and color, while Carey skillfully conveys sentiment and suspense in the search for Bean's heritage and brings the mystery to a breathless and surprisingly emotional close. The book ends on a cliffhanger that demands its forthcoming follow-up or, better yet, a look at Card's captivating source material.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2009 Booklist
Summary
This is a tale of street smarts, survival instincts and the inevitable meeting with the Interstellar Fleet's battle-hardening school for children, where Ender Wiggin holds court as rising star.
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