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Found in a survival pod in space by prospectors, the infant Acorna soon exhibits the ability to analyze deficiencies in plants by taste, purify water and air, and heal. Taken to the planet Kezdet to avoid scientists who want to study her, Acorna discovers barbaric child-labor practices and vows to rescue the children. McCaffrey and Ball have created a magical alien in this fantasy/science fiction story. Recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Three crusty young space prospectors recover a small survival pod containing a toddler with strange hands and feet, silvery curls, and a tiny horn in the center of her forehead. They name her Acorna and learn she has some unusual powers, such as abilities to purify water and air, to make plants grow, and to heal injuries. When the three take her "planetside," Acorna is commandeered by scientists who want to study her as an anomaly. With some help from sympathizers, the prospectors manage, however, to whisk Acorna away to the planet Kezdet--"a known cover for all sorts of thieves, desperadoes, con men, and cheats"--where questions are not asked. But they soon discover Kezdet secretly deals in child slave labor, a practice Acorna determines to stop. Combining colorful characterizations, lots of fast-paced action, and a decided sense of menace, all leavened by a heavy dose of humor as the three "uncles" try to keep a rein on and protect their charge, this is entertaining fare, indeed, for sf fans. Sally Estes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
Acorna's parents died to give her a chance to escape the Khlevii invastion. They sacrificed themselves and set her on a space pod out for someone else to find her. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Kat,Kat
As a fan who has been enjoying McCaffrey's stories for over 10 years, I found this book to be far below what I've come to expect from her writing. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
I'm a devoted fan to Anne McCaffrey despite her tendency to skim over details that might make her fiction more substantial. She's fun, heart-warming, and tells a good tale. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by Hummingbird
I am very happy with this new series about acorna, again McCaffrey makes a world for us to which we can go at the turning of a page. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by D. E. Jager
I am sorry to say, but this is one of the weakest McCaffrey books I have read. Most of the plot is conveyed via clumsy dialogue, and the plot seems to be jerked around in a way... Read morePublished on June 20 2003
I am a big McCaffery fan, and read these books with interest, but unfortunately not before I had given a set to a 12-yr old girl relative. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by R. Jones
Three young space travellers come across an escape pod, inside is a young girl, well not really a girl, a sort of half human half unicorn. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002 by Brian Chavez
This book was charming and enchating. I read this book when I was about 10. I loved it and read the other two we own. Read morePublished on June 29 2002
In general this book was good. Even very good. However, I've found Anne McCaffrey's work in general to be a bit more addicting than this collaboration with Margaret Ball. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by "honsaej"