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Enchantress from the Starsby Sylvia L Engdahl
This book by Portland author Sylvia Engdahl was forgotten for nearly 20 years, but was rescued in a new edition a few years ago. It tells the story of Elana, a girl on a mission to save a planet from destruction. It explores how science and magic can co-exist and even help each other, and is narrated by a strong female voice and perspective. Anyone who liked The Giver will find much to love here, too.
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The Federation Anthropological Service would never officially have allowed Elana to be on this mission to the medieval planet Andrecia. If Youngling peoples found out that a supremely advanced and enlightened society like the Federation existed, it would irreparably damage their evolution. Stowing away aboard her father's ship, Elana suddenly becomes the key to a dangerous plan to turn back the invasion of Andrecia by an aggressive, space faring Youngling civilization. How can she possibly help the Andrecians who still believe in magic and superstition, against a force armed with advanced technology, without revealing her alien powers? Apprentice Medical Officer Jarel wishes that the planet the Imperial Exploration Corps have chosen to colonize didn't have a "humanoid" population already living on it. The invaders don't consider the Andrecians to be human and Jarel has seen the atrocious treatment the natives get from his people. How can he make a difference, when he alone regrets the destruction that is people bring? Georyn, the youngest son of a poor Andrecian woodcutter, knows only that there is a terrible dragon on the other side of the enchanted forest, and he is prepared to do whatever it takes to defeat it. In his mind, Elana is the Enchantress from the Stars who has come to test him, to prove he is worthy of defeating the dragon and its powerful minions. Despite both Elana's and Jarel's inner turmoil, Georyn's burden is by far the heaviest. Ultimately, he must pit his innocent faith in the magic of his Enchantress from the Stars against foes who have come from a world beyond his comprehension.
This classic science fiction and fantasy novel presents a world where three alien civilizations collide, but where young heroes from each race come together to triumph over injustice. This 30th anniversary edition contains black-and-white vignette illustrations.
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