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Ender's Game

Awards: ALA 100 Best Books for Teens; ALA Page Turners - Novels for Teens; American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; VOYA Best Summer Reading List; Hugo Award - Winner, Novel; Nebula Awards - Winner

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A new look for the Starscape edition of Ender’s Game

By Susan Chang, Senior Editor

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardWhen we were choosing the books that would launch our Starscape imprint for middle grade readers in January of 2002, the number one pick on our list was the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. The protagonist is a brilliant child character, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, and from the fan mail we’ve gotten over the years since its initial publication in 1985, we knew that the book appealed to young readers. So, for the Starscape edition, we wanted to make the cover more attractive to a younger audience.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardTo create a new cover for one of the most beloved science fiction classics of all time was a daunting task. Our art director chose a talented artist named David Gaadt to illustrate a scene of Ender and his fellow trainees in the Battle Room. In print for eight years, the Starscape edition of Ender’s Game has been a huge success, selling hundreds of thousands of copies and introducing the books of Orson Scott Card to a whole new generation of readers.

In 2008, the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association chose Orson Scott Card as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens, specifically citing Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow.  “Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow continually capture the imagination and interest of teens,” said committee chair Brenna Shanks. “The conflicts of self and society, on a personal level and on a universal stage, never lose relevance.”

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardNow that we are approaching the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication, the time has come for a facelift. Here it is: the new cover for the Starscape edition of Ender’s Game, which will be available starting in December 2009 (978-0-7653-4229-4; $5.99/$6.99 CAN).

What do you think? Drop us a line and let us know.

(from the Tor/Forge December 2009 newsletter)