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Chris Rettstatt is a longtime fan of fantasy fiction and anime, and has spent the last decade tuned in to kids, technology, and storytelling. He has lived as a teacher in China and done research from Seoul to Sao Paulo. He co-authored Kaimira: the Sky Village under the pen name Monk Ashland.

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From a village made of hot-air balloons to a subterranean battle arena, two young people struggle to discover who and what they are — and how to use the astonishing powers they share.

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message 4: by Catz

Catz Hello M,
Book looks interesting. I'll have to read it soon. Take Care!!!

message 3: by Erin

Erin Hello! Your book looks so cool.

Carmela Hi Chris,
Thanks for inviting me to be your friend! It reminded me that I haven't updated my profile in awhile. Happy reading!

Kimmie hi :)

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