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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Laddertop, by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice Card **** I enjoyed this, although I'm not a huge graphic novel fan. However, I do love OSC, so I had to give it a chance. The story is definitely intriguing, but it was hard to finish the book and realize I'd gotten maybe 3 chapters worth of plot in that time. Still, it would be a great choice for reluctant readers (or those who like to read short books)! The story: Robbi and Azure are selected to begin the process of joining Laddertop Academy. There are four of the laddertop creations around the world, added to earth when an alien race, called the Givers, built them practically overnight. No one on earth seems to understand much about them, and only children can fit into the small areas where maintenance is needed. The adults around them act confident in front of the kids, but Robbi overhears a couple of conversations which let her know that they're wary about the Givers and their motives. When Robbi goes to Laddertop, she has dreams which make her think that someone -- either the Givers or someone who knows about them -- has a plan for her. Now she has to decide which path to take. (MG/tween graphic novel, released 8/11, publisher: Tor)