Above World by Jenn Reese

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A suspenseful sci-fi escapade plucks two children out of the ocean for a thrilling adventure. Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony's survival is at risk. The Kampii's breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people. But can Aluna's fierce determination and fighting skills and Hoku's tech-savvy keep them safe? Set in a world where overcrowding has led humans to adapt - growing tails to live under the ocean or wings to live on mountains - here is a ride through a future where greed and cruelty have gone unchecked, but the loyalty of friends remains true.

About Jenn Reese

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Jenn Reese writes science fiction and fantasy and has published short stories and two books for adults. She loves martial arts and has trained in kenpo, kung fu, tai chi, and weaponry. She lives in Los Angeles.
Published February 14, 2012 by Candlewick. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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When their breathing necklaces mysteriously fail, causing Kampii to die, Aluna opts to leave before receiving her tail and journeys with Hoku to the Above World to try to find some answers.

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Aluna and Hoku are determined and resourceful protagonists, and the novel’s hybrid species are fun and cleverly imagined (the birdlike Avians factor heavily into this installment);

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In a future world in which habitable space has been exhausted, Humans have physically modified to survive in the skies ...

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Above World By Jenn Reese Candlewick Press 368 pp; $19 Reviewed by Kennedy John, Age 10 In Above World, the main characters are 13-year-old Aluna and her friend Hoku. They are what some would call mermaids (mermen). They and their colony call themselves the Kampii.

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Aluna is going to the above world, where there are other kinds of creatures like Aviars (humans with wings) and Equians (half-horse/half-man), to try to find the power that can help their necklaces work again.

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Portland Book Review

Increasingly angered over the deaths of Kampii due to their breathing tubes failing and the elder’s refusal to take action, Aluna and her best friend Hoku set off to the world above to find the answers to their problem and save their people.

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When they are unable to provide an answer and unwilling to look for one, Aluna leaves the ocean in hopes of finding out why someone meant to live below the sea could drown.

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