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A Beautiful Friendship

By David Weber, 1952-

New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling phenomenon David Weber delivers the first entry in an original young adult science fiction adventure series, the Star Kingdom saga! Young teen Stephanie Harrington forms a telepathic bond with an intelligent alien treecat on a pioneer planet—and must fight for the freedom of her new friend and his species against highly-placed enemies determined to claim the world for humans only.

            Stephanie Harrington always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl . . . until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home --- a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie’s explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!

            Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries, and the biggest one of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species.

            The forest-dwelling treecats are small, cute, smart, and have a pronounced taste for celery. And they are also very, very deadly when they or their friends are threatened . . . as Stephanie discovers when she comes face-to-face with Sphinx’s most lethal predator after a hang-gliding accident.

            But her discoveries are only beginning, for the treecats are also telepathic and able to bond with certain humans, and Stephanie’s find --- and her first-of-its kind bond with the treecat Climbs Quickly --- land both of them in a fresh torrent of danger. Galactic-sized wealth is at stake, and Stephanie and the treecats are squarely in the path of highly-placed enemies determined to make sure the planet Sphinx remains entirely in human hands, even if that means the extermination of another thinking species.

            Unfortunately for those enemies, the treecats have saved Stephanie Harrington’s life. She owes them . . . and Stephanie is a young woman who stands by her friends.

            Which means things are about to get very interesting on Sphinx.

About A Beautiful Friendship:
“It’s rare to find teen science fiction that strays beyond popular dystopian fare. The environmental messages, human-animal friendship, humor, action, and inventive technology will make this series starter an easy hit. . . .”—Booklist

About David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:
“. . .everything you could want in a heroine….excellent…plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age

“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey

“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”—Locus

“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection. . .Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice. . .”—Publishers Weekly

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.

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9781451637472


Format: Book
Author: Weber, David, 1952-
Summary: Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, bonds with a treecat, a telepathic and fully sentient animal, putting her in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
Title: A beautiful friendship / David Weber.
Publisher Date: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2011.
Subject: Human-animal communication -- Teen fiction. Human-animal relationships -- Teen fiction. Space colonies -- Teen fiction.
Isbn: 9781451637472 (hbk.) 1451637470 (hbk.) 9781451638332 (hc) 1451638337 (hc)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: TF Weber
Oclc: 706026860
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Bib Id: 367119

Format: Book
Author: Weber, David, 1952-
Summary: Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, bonds with a treecat, a telepathic and fully sentient animal, putting her in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
Title: A beautiful friendship / David Weber.
Publisher, Date: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2011.
Description: 361 p. ; 22 cm.
Series: Honorverse novels
Series: Weber, David, ?d 1952- Honorverse.
Subjects: Human-animal communication -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Human-animal relationships -- Teen fiction.
Subjects: Space colonies -- Teen fiction.
Genre: Science fiction.
Notes: "A Baen Books Original."
Notes: "A Star Kingdom novel"--Dust jacket.
LCCN: 2011015815
ISBN: 9781451637472 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1451637470 (hbk.)
ISBN: 9781451638332 (hc)
ISBN: 1451638337 (hc)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: TF Weber