Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Louise Engdahl

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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Enchantress from the Stars is a fable for the space age. It tells a stirring story about a handful of people who manage to turn back a powerful invading Empire. The novel has other dimensions of meaning beyond the plot, however. It evokes questions about the responsibilities of more advanced societies toward primitive ones, about the ability of individuals to grow and to make a difference in their world, and about the many possibilities the universe may hold.