Books: Ender's Game
"Ender's Game" is a novel by Orson Scott Card, and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. It's easily his most popular work, and, much like George Lucas was eventually consumed by the "Star Wars" saga, Card has devoted most of his subsequent time to writing sequels and spinoffs, including the "Shadow of the Giant" series. Like many people, I first read this as a kid, and I definitely have mixed feelings about it now.
The book concerns a young boy named Ender Wiggin, a boy who is training with other similarly gifted children to become Earth's future military leaders in a savage war against an alien race. In order to cultivate their skills, the military sends the children into space and has them fight mock battles in a microgravity environment. Ender has to overcome bullies, the school's machinations, and his own doubts in order to survive.
In a way, the entire book is an embellishment of the original short story, which only included the Battle School and Command School parts. This is a shame, because that stuff is easily the most compelling part of the narrative. I never was fond of the space devoted to Ender's sister and brother, nor the final ending which completely gutted the feeling of guilt Ender was supposed to feel (this ending was the bridge to the numerous sequels, of course). If you like competitive zero-gee combat with schoolkids, this is the book to read.