Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Teens
Ender Wiggin is a genius and may be the only hope for Earth. But Ender is only six years old. Earth is at war with an alien species, and is in danger of being wiped out. As a last hope, the military has begun training children to be military commanders. So Ender leaves his family and goes off to Battle School. In Battle School he plays games, but these games are not for fun; they're serious games designed to teach tactics and strategy so that these children will grow up to be the best commanders and officers that Earth has ever know. Ender is the best of the best; he learns how to adapt and change the rules in order to win. But is it enough? Will Ender turn out to be the commander that Earth needs?
This is an excellent book and a science fiction classic. I've read it several times and enjoyed it just as much each time I read it. It's really not a children's book; it's intended for adults, but teens and older children will enjoy it. It's probably not appropriate for younger children; there are a couple of violent scenes in which Ender has to defend himself against bullies and he doesn't hold back. But overall this is an exciting story, and it's fun to read about the games that Ender and the other boys play, even if the games are serious for them.
One additional note: while most children ages 9 and up will probably enjoy this book, some of the other books in the series are not appropriate for children, in my opinion, although teens will enjoy them.
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