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The Ennead

Jan Mark

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

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Isaac is an outsider on the planet Erato - the lone survivor of a disaster elsewhere in the Ennead (a system of nine planets). But he has managed to infiltrate an important family and wields a significant amount of power. Even so, his position is often compromised because he depends on the kindness of others. So when the chance to rescue Eleanor, a girl from another planet, arises - and most importantly, to keep her forever in his debt, he seizes it. But Eleanor brings her own agenda - her own history - which threatens Isaac's position and the very fabric of Erato's society.

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Praise for The Ennead

  • 'The Ennead may be one of the best YA sf novels ever written.' - The Intergalactic Playground blog

  • Deftly written, with detail and total conviction, The Ennead offers an alternative world that provides a provocative mirror of our own society. - Julia Eccleshare - The Guardian

  • Mark is grimmer than Ursula le Guin, but both authors similarly, perhaps obsessively, create exemplary worlds just short of allegory. - www.sf-encyclopedia.com

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Jan Mark

Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished writers for children of recent times. She won the Carnegie Medal twice - for Thunder and Lightnings (1976) and Handles (1983). Other acclaimed titles include They Do Things Differently There, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and The Eclipse of the Century, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her science fiction novels - The Ennead, Divide and Rule and Aquarius (all Hodder) - are acclaimed as masterpieces. A former teacher, Jan came from a London family, spent many years living in Norfolk but, for the last twenty years of her life, made her home in Oxford, where she died in 2006.

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