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3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,555 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
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 . . .

But there is something, Eva senses, that she’s not being told. There is a price she must pay to be alive at all. What have they done, with their amazing medical techniques, to sav
Paperback, 219 pages
Published November 1990 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1988)
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Nov 10, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: RACHEL!!!!!!!! ...and other fans (esp YAs) of our apely relations
This book is INSANE!

It is a CHILDREN'S book about a LITTLE GIRL with a SCIENTIST FATHER and the girl has a TERRIBLE ACCIDENT and so her BRAIN is TRANSPLANTED into the BODY of a GORILLA!!!


BUT THAT HAPPENS AT THE VERY BEGINNING! Eva the gorilla girl has a special little keypad-with-voice which she uses to communicate. Things are okay for awhile, but guess what???? THE GORILLA NATURE IS STRONG!

I'm not going to tell you what happens at the end, even though it's the only part of this bo
Jul 14, 2012 Kaitlyn rated it it was ok
This book was thoroughly odd. Honestly, the setting was improbable and random, feeling rather forced to me. It was never clear how far in the future this book was supposed to be set, as it didn't seem to have much better technology, though everything had a different name.
I personally felt that the setting rather detracted from the story. I'm not sure what else could have been done for the story to work, but I didn't particularly like it's set-up and backstory. The book could have benefited from
I recently read several books set in future and they are always dystopian. Now that's something not to think of when 2013 is around the corner.

Eva was quite different from the other young adult books I've read and if you read carefully, you'll begin to find a lot of layered analogies. Then more I read, I realized how generalized and unclear the genre is. Even if we consider it as a YA novel, I doubt anyone under 14 will like to read it and identify the simple and yet very complicated issues. I t
Dec 30, 2011 Alana rated it it was amazing
I first read this in middle school. I liked the version I read better than the one pictured here, as the one I read gave no hint as to what the catastrophic change in the title character's life was, and I am sure that if I had known ahead of time at that age, I never would have bothered with the book. (I disliked animal books SO much. Almost more than, egads, boy books.) I am glad I did because the story always stuck with me, and I was thrilled to find it again in adulthood.

I was not disappoint
May 17, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
What a neat book. Eva will please fans of sci-fi, nature stories, animal ethics and intelligent YA fiction.

At some unnamed point in a dystopian future, Eva is a 13 year-old-girl who is severely injured in an accident. Only her mind remains intact. In a radical, experimental new procedure, Eva’s mind is transported to the brain and body of a chimpanzee. Caught between two worlds and relentlessly hounded by interests that hope to make a buck off her, Eva must struggle to find a place in a world i
Feb 06, 2011 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Laura, Chris, David
Recommended to Darlene by: Yvensong and Cherlllr
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Truly my favorite type of science fiction as there is a chance that this could happen, if technology got there. It was fun to be inside this person's head(s) and go through the possibilities. Though it is a YA book. I think parents, mothers especially, and people who have worked with animals and children understand it even more.

I couldn't put it down. If you look at my history I read books slowly and I am usually unable to read one book at a time. This one stole my attention from everything. And
Feb 28, 2016 TPK rated it it was ok
Eva Adamson, age 13, awakens in the hospital after a devastating auto accident followed by a long coma. Her mother is there, overjoyed to see her awake at last, but Eva's mother seems strangely nervous and high-strung. Something has happened to Eva as a result of the accident, but no one seems prepared to explain what has been done to save her life until Eva finally demands to see herself in a mirror. Even then, taking in her drastically altered reflection, she can have no clear idea just how mu ...more
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Judith Johnson
Jan 11, 2015 Judith Johnson rated it it was amazing
Eva is a wonderful book. It tells of the changed life of a 13 year old girl, through whose eyes we picture a future, dystopian world. Eva wakes from sleep to find that her essential human self has been implanted into the living body of a chimpanzee. She had been in an irreversible coma, following a car-crash, and her parents had accepted the offer from a pioneering scientist to carry out the procedure. Eva has grown up with chimps in the family, as her father works with them; she is also a girl ...more
Eva Leger
Jun 30, 2010 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: b-fiction, y-a, thriller
Eva is so far off the beaten path for me that I'm still surprised I read it. After a librarian aid handed it to me (without knowing my name is Eva) I decided to give it a try because of her thoughts on it.
I started liking the cover more and more as I read into the book. The trees and brush in the background play a solid part because of Eva's yearnings and I love the bit of black hair going down her face also - it makes you think once you're a ways into the book.
I'm not much for long flowery de
Stacy Chrzastowski
Nov 06, 2012 Stacy Chrzastowski rated it liked it
Grade Level/Interest Level: 6-8th grade
Reading Level: 1030 Level 6th-8th
Main Characters: Eva
POV: Ominous third person narrator
Setting: In the future when the human population is large and the animal population is low and animals are typically in reserves/zoos

Eva is a book about a young girl who gest in a car accident and is put into a coma for a while. They discover that her body will no longer make it. Her father who is a scientist decides to make Eva his project and implants her brain into a
Jun 04, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alex by: Genevieve
My favorite thing about Eva echoes that of a book I treasure above just about all others: Speaker for the Dead—that thing being an alien society that really feels alien. In the case of Speaker those aliens were the Pequeninos, the only other sentient species known in the universe. In the case of Eva, the aliens are much closer to home: chimpanzees. And yet Peter Dickinson makes them come alive in a way that feels strange and exhilarating. Their culture, communication, and personalities are ever ...more
Brenda Clough
Nov 21, 2012 Brenda Clough rated it really liked it
One of the great YA novels -- science fiction, even though they didn't market it that way.
Max Pisacreta
Nov 20, 2015 Max Pisacreta rated it did not like it
Nicholas Whyte
Oct 05, 2014 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, xq, unread, twitter, 2014, 1409[return][return]I was moved to get this by Jo Walton's review on, five years ago I now realise; I had no idea that it was one of Dickinson's best known books *"80% of my mail, almost all of it from the USA, is about this one book"); I know him for The Green Gene and Annerton Pit and Tulku and King and Joker and The Changes (of which I saw the first episode again at Worldcon).[return][return]It is a good take on a familiar sfnal theme, of a human ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Camille rated it liked it
Shelves: dr-crovitz-class
Prior to seeing it as a choice on our reading list for my English class, I had never heard of this book. I read the description of the story on the Internet and decided that it sounded very interesting, albeit outlandish. It seemed like something different than anything I had ever read before. It also appeared to deal with themes in which I am very interested, such as animal medical experiments and animal rights. Therefore, I chose to read it.

The first part of the book progressed very quickly,
Feb 14, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok
Thirteen year old Eva wakes up completely immobile. The only thing she can do is blink. Her mother’s face hovers over her and that is how she finds out that there was an accident coming back from a picnic with her family and their monkeys. Eva is in a hospital. Later she discovers the depth of what has happened. Eva was in an irreversible coma so when there was an option to try neuron memory her parents took that option. Eva wakes up in the body of one of the monkeys her parents had raised. Now ...more
This book is about a girl who got in a car accident. They could not fix her body so they put her brain into a chimps body. Now Eva must live her life in a totally different body. But Eva doesn't mind. She has grown up with chimps all her life, her father is a scientist who studies chimps. But just because she don't care, doesn't mean her mother doesn't. Eva's mother is very disturbed that her daughter is so different. This book is about how Eva struggles to keep a normal life and keep her mothe ...more
Kurt Pankau
Aug 18, 2013 Kurt Pankau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourteen-year-old Eva's parents work the the Chimp Pool, so she's grown up with the beloved animals. A car accident leaves her in an irreversible coma, so her consciousness is transferred into the body of a six-year-old chimpanzee named Kelly. The procedure was an experiment, but a successful one, propelling Eva to immediate fame, but the more she has to reconcile her human nature with her chimp body, the more she realizes that humanity has done poorly by these creatures, and indeed, rather poor ...more
May 21, 2011 Erika rated it really liked it
I was so worried this would turn into a environmentally conscious morality tale at the end, and it barely missed it. I really loved this story in spite of myself. The idea was fascinating: the consciousness of a 13 year old girl gets transplanted into the brain of a chimp. The idea that a person's consciousness is derived from how one's neurons are connected is a pretty unique idea for a story. The idea is that the girl has to learn to love her new identity and banish the ghost of her former sel ...more
Ruby Hollyberry
Dec 02, 2010 Ruby Hollyberry rated it it was amazing
A dark future - almost post-apocalyptic. Pretty disturbing for YA. A beautiful girl, daughter of a primate researcher, is killed in an accident - except that her brain was intact and they decided to switch it with the brain of a chimp. Eva lives the rest of her life in a chimp body and has disturbing experiences including being dressed up in cute clothes to appear on a television talk show (she rips them off on camera). In the end she becomes a matriarch of a tribe of chimps struggling to surviv ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Kita rated it liked it
At the start, Eva was very interesting. I was drawn in by the first chapter. The description is good and I was very interested in how Eva adjusts to her chimp body.

Eva starts when the protagonist, Eva, nearly dies in an accident and her mind is transferred into a chimp's body. The way the author addresses this idea is great. He includes the reactions of Eva's scientist father, concerned mother, Eva's friends, and society. The book also discusses the positive and negative aspects of sacrificing
This book was very strange, in an interesting-strange kind of way. Eva is injured in a car accident, which leaves her body broken and comatose, she is somehow transplanted, as a mind, into the body of a chimpanzee (her father runs "The Pool" which is the last place chimps exist, none in the wild since the expansion of human population, and destruction of natural land areas; they exist as chimps, but also as bodies for science, so it can get some funding). Anyway, Eva wakes up in a chimp body, an ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Simone rated it really liked it
Eva, a book by author Peter Dickinson, was a horrifying book. Not horrifyingly bad, but the idea that the book was based off of was very frightening. Eva features a young girl named Eva as the main character. The book actually started off slow, and was mildly confusing. The setting and the time frame were not specific, but this seemed to be on purpose. The author did not want the book to be about the future and technology, and did want the book to be about the human race and what will be ethical ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Kaila rated it liked it
This was a reread for me, having originally read this middle-grade novel in middle school, at precisely the age it was meant for. I remembered it recently and wanted to give it another shot, having not yet learned the lesson that some things from our childhood are better left to memory.

The opening is the strongest and creepiest part. We discover early on that Eva has had her brain moved from her prepubescent body into that of a young chimp. The sequence of her learning what has happened, and how
Dec 13, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Author- Peter Dickinson
Title- Eva
Genre- Science Fiction (sci-fi)
Eva is a 13 year old girl living a normal life, sometime in the future. The only thing that separates her from the average girl is that she has a close affinity with chimps. This has everything to do with the fact that her father works for the Pool, an area that chimps are kept and observed. As a result, the Reserve is like her second home. She has grown up with them, and understands their social code as well as a humans. This oddit
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Makes you think, and care for the main character. Raises awareness about our exploitation of the world and animal species.
Cons: Some tech-naiveness (that will be addressed in the review). Parts of the story feel a bit rushed.
Will appeal to: Anyone who cares for environment and animal population. Anyone who thinks that science can't make progress regardless of ethics.

Sort-of-disclaimer: I read the Italian translation of this book,
Aug 02, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 7-9
Recommended to Sarah by: sh
This futuristic story is about an adolescent girl whose brain is put into a chimp's body in order to save her life after an accident destroys her own. This happens because her father works for a company that studies chimps, so she becomes part of the company's research.

I would have thought Eva would be more angry about having to live as a chimp for the rest of her life, but she seems to take it well--I think this is because she had spent a lot of time with her father and the chimps he studied. I
Feb 11, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, old_favourites
Quite extraordinary, haunting and troubling. A "what if" story, unfolding with intelligence and taken to its logical, if not entirely predictable conclusion. The "what if" is "what if we could transplant a human consciousness into an animal's body?" And what if, because the girl in question, to whom this happened, had grown up working with animals and thus was able to accept this, if not matter-of-factly or easily, at least not panic and die, as I imagine many of us might. And how will the world ...more
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) was a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lived in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He wrote more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel The Blue
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