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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Chris Rettstatt  

Pen Name: Monk Ashland

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1972 in Little Rock, Arkansas

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Illinois Connection

Chris recently lived in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chris is a published children’s book author with 3+ years in publishing and 10+ years as a specialist in youth-focused virtual community and online marketing.He recently joined ''Highlights for Children'' as Director, Children’s Digital Content.

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Titles At Your Library

Kaimira: The Sky Village: Book One
ISBN: 0763635243

Candlewick. 2008

High over China, the Sky Village, an intricate web of interconnected hot-air balloons, floats above the troubled landscape, where animals battle machines for control. Mei's mother has been kidnapped, and she has been left in this strange place by her father.

Half a world away, thirteen-year-old Rom struggles to survive in the ruins of Las Vegas. When his young sister is taken by a pair of demonic creatures, Rom has no choice but to follow her into a shadowy world below ground. There, he becomes engaged in gladiator-style fighting in an arena where mehanical-beast demons do battle for the entertainment of a chaotic community of gamblers.

Mei and Ron have never met, but they share a common journal, a book that mysteriously allows them to communicate. It also reveals that each of them carries the strange and frightening kaimira gene and that aspects of beast and mek qualities are entwined in their very DNA.

In this thrilling, intricately plotted novel, the first in a five-book series, Mei and Rom must overcome the forces that seek to destroy them and find the courage to balance the powers that lurk within.

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