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Earthborn
by Sylvia Waugh 1778/641 first published 2003
Adventure for ages 8 to 11 published by Red Fox
Karen King's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
I enjoyed this unusual story about an alien family who come to live on Earth then are summonsed back to their planet.
What happens?
Nesta was born on Earth, it's the only home she's ever known. All she wants to be is normal, like her friends so you can imagine how she feels when her parents finally confess that they come from another planet, Ormingat, and that they don't really look or talk like people on Earth. Her whole life is a charade. Then strange things start happening and Nesta's parents are summonsed home but Nesta doesn't want to go. She wants to stay on Earth with her friend, Amy. Will she defy her parents? And if she does, will they leave without her?
Is it easy to read?
A good read for children eight and over. This is a gripping story, the second in a trilology. Any child reading this will identify with Nesta and be rooting for her.
Anything else?
The first book in this trilology is called Space Race and the final book, Who Goes Home, is now available in hardback. Both are must-reads
Other books by Sylvia Waugh include Space Race.
Who says so?
This review by Karen King.
The publisher reckons...
The Gwynns, a pleasant American couple, have lived outside York for the past fourteen years. Nesta, their only child, was born there and attends the local school. They seem ordinary enough and comfortable in their leafy suburb. But they have an astonishing secret unknown even to Nesta. One evening when she sees her father diminish and disappear into a stone lily pad in the garden pond, Nesta has to be told what she really is. Her parents are visitors from the planet Ormingat, sent to Earth to investigate life there. Now they have been ordered to return home. Nesta can't take it all in, refuses to accept that she is not earthborn and finally runs away with the help of her best school mate, Amy. There is a time limit on the Gwynns return to Ormingat. By forcing them to miss this deadline, Nesta will be condemning her parents to staying on Earth for the rest of their lives. She is totally bewildered by her feelings of both love and hate for them and in her dilemma she seeks out Mrs Dalrymple (surrogate mother of Thomas Derwent from Space Race). Like Space Race, Earthborn has a gripping climax as to whether her parents - with the dubious help of the police - will track Nesta down before time runs out for them.
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