Author Dickinson, Peter,
Language English
London: Macmillan Children's, 2001


After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee.

Subjects :

  • Chimpanzees
  • Animals
  • Fiction
  • Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
  • Science Fiction
  • Treatment
  • Genetic engineering

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Eleventh Edition, 1992 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1998 Children's Book Council
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1999 American Library Association
  • Best of the Best Revisited (100 Best Books for Teens), 2001 American Library Association-YALSA
  • Notable Children's Books, 1990 ALSC American Library Association
  • Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 The H. W. Wilson Co.
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Fifteenth Edition, 1997 H.W. Wilson
  • Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002 H.W. Wilson
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1990 American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Parents' Choice Award, 1989 Silver United States
  • Phoenix Award, 2008 Winner United States
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 1992 Winner Pacific Northwest
  • Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Silver United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 1992; Nominee South Carolina
  • Young Adult Reading Program, 1993; South Dakota

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Reading Measurement Programs:

9780440207665, 0440207665
Corgi Freeway () 1991.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 6.3
Accelerated Reader Points 10

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 1010
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 8
Accelerated Reader Points 15

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Reviews :

Linda Newbery (Books for Keeps No. 70, September 1991)
This remarkable and absorbing book defies categorisation. Fantasy? Science fiction? Adventure/animal story? All those and more. After undergoing a unique form of transplant surgery, Eva learns to face the opportunities, limitations and responsibilities of her new role. Questions are raised about the ethics of scientific research and the ways in which humans exploit animals and each other. Compelling and provocative. Category: Older Readers. . ...., Freeway, 2.99. Ages 15 to adult.
(PUBLISHER: Corgi Freeway, PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Eva willed her eyes to open. For an instant all she seemed to see was nightmare. Mess. A giant spiderweb, broken and tangled on the pillows, with the furry black body of the spider dead in the middle of it. And then the mess made sense. She couldn t think, only feel--feel Mom s tension, Mom s grief, as much as her own amazement. Poor Mom--her lovely blue-eyed daughter Must do something for Mom. She found the right keys. Okay, said her voice. It s okay, Mom. --from Eva

Thirteen-year-old Eva wakes up in the hospital unable to remember anything since the picnic on the beach. Her mother leans over the bed and begins to explain. A traffic accident, a long coma The chimps had gotten loose in the back seat, she knew that much, but everything else was blurry and uncertain. It was going to be all right, wasn t it? Her mom had said so. But there is something no one is telling her, something about the way she looks. And her thumb--what happened to her thumb? n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 92207, $61.75. Ages 13 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Corgi Freeway, PUBLISHED: 1991.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1989)
In one of the most original and intriguing plots in years, 13-year-old Eva wakes up in a hospital after a terrible car accident to find that her brain has been transplanted into the body of a chimpanzee. Set in a future time in which the human population has completely overrun the earth and other animals exist only in laboratories and zoos, Eva's story becomes one of a clash between scientists and environmentalists, as she becomes the key player in a plot to return a group of chimpanzees to the wild. The outstanding characterization of Eva, with the heart and mind of an adolescent girl and the body and instincts of an adult chimpanzee, is the highlight of this unforgettable novel. CCBC Category: Fiction For Teenagers. 1989, Delacorte, 219 pages., $14.95. Age 12 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: [1989] c1988.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Following a terrible car crash, Eva, 14, awakens from a strange dream and finds herself in a hospital bed. Medical science, in this book's future setting, has allowed doctors to pull her functioning brain from her crushed body and put it into the able body of a chimpanzee. With the aid of a voice synthesizer, she communicates with others and adjusts to her new body; because her father is a scientist who has always worked among the chimps (who have been crowded by the massive human population out of any semblance of a natural world, and into iron and steel jungles), Eva is comfortable with her new self. She takes on the issue of animal rights, setting up (with the help of others, of course) an elaborate scheme to release chimps back into the last of the wild. Years later, that is where she dies. The story is riveting from the outset, especially as Dickinson details the ways in which Eva's life is saved, and the progress of her recovery. As the story becomes more political, the author loses sight of some compelling questions he has sewn into the opening pages: Who owns her--the chimp's owner, her parents, herself? Eva's human aspect becomes a device that allows her to help other chimps survive, but is otherwise unquestioned. The drama is no less suspenseful for that, but it is less satisfying. Ages 12-16. (Apr.)
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Pr. (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1989)

Cathy Camper (The Five Owls, May/June 1989 (Vol. 3, No. 5))
Eva is a tale of backwards evolution, a story of man's regression back to apes. Dickinson breathes fresh life into this potential Planet of the Apes rerun by questioning mankind's insatiable curiosity and desire to control nature. The story is set in an overpopulated, futuristic world, where TV hologram jungles and advertisements featuring chimps in jumpsuits have all but taken the place of real wildlife. When scientists begin to transplant human minds into chimps' bodies, it raises many ethical questions about animal rights and the rights of science. Through Eva's adolescent mind and her compassionate understanding of chimpanzees, the reader comes to appreciate and even envy the chimps' way of life, which seems often less crazy than the human world. Dickinson wisely maintains a scientific objectivity toward his animal characters, "personifying" them only within the parameters of realistic chimp behavior. Although set in a science fiction world, this book will raise many contemporary questions concerning the ethics of experimentation and human infringement of animal rights, provocative questions that will stick in the reader's mind long after the story is done. 1989, Delacorte, $14.95. Ages 12 up.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Pr. (New York:), PUBLISHED: 1989)

Cecile Ferguson (Lollipops -- What's On For Kids (Australia))
First published in 1988, this book is well worth re-reading or discovering for the first time. After a terrible car accident, thirteen-year-old Eva wakes up in hospital. She has been kept in coma for some eight months after intensive surgery. As she slowly regains consciousness and the progressive use of her limbs, she discovers the extent of the operation she has had to endure: she has been given a new lease of life in a new body. Or to be more precise, her brain has been transplanted into the body of a chimpanzee... As her life is now irrevocably changed forever, Eva has to learn to find where she now belongs. Neither fully human nor simian, it is now up to Eva to take control of her new life. And the world is most interested to see what it will lead to...Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, Eva is more than ever a must-read. As human cloning has now become a firm possibility, this novel raises the issues of the implications of modern medicine in general, and the need for man to play God in particular. Seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old trapped into a body and a world she cannot escape, Eva makes us rethink where our need for 'sensational science' might lead us to. And as we follow Eva for the next twenty years of her life, we soon discover what a sorry world this could lead to. A book not to be missed for High School Students and older. 2001, Pan MacMillan, A$14.95. Ages 14 up.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children's (London:), PUBLISHED: 2001 c1988.)

Set in the overcrowded world of the future, Eva is an excellent science fiction/fantasy story with a strong heroine and well-drawn supporting cast.
(PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children's (London:), PUBLISHED: 2001 c1988.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
London: Macmillan Children's, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
249 p. ;
Originally published London Victor Gollancz 1988.
Corgi Freeway, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
New York: Laurel-Leaf, 1990

Media Type: Language Material

New York: Delacorte Pr., 1989

Media Type: Language Material
New York N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
219 p. ;
PZ7.D562 ([Fic])
New York: Dell Publishing, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
219 p.

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