Peter Dickinson. Cataloging in Publication
New York : Delacorte Pr., 1989
After a terrible accident, a young girl wakes up to discover that she has been given the body of a chimpanzee.
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California
Awards, Honors, Prizes:
Parents' Choice Award, 1989 Silver Fiction United States Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Silver Best 25 Books in 25 Years United States Parents' Choice Award, 2003 Best 25 Books in 25 Years United States Phoenix Award, 2008 Winner United States
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 1992 ; Nominee; South Carolina Young Adult Reading Program, 1993 ; Grades 7-12; South Dakota
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.