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Chris Rettstatt

Born: 1972 in Little Rock, Arkansas
Pen Name: Monk Ashland

Connection to Illinois: Rettstatt has lived in Chicago on and off through 2010.

Biography: 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. He currently resides in Berkeley, California.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Science Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Young adult readers


Selected Titles

The Sky Village /
ISBN: 0763635243 OCLC: 181910112

Candlewick Press, Cambridge, Mass. : 2008.

In a future where wild beasts, humans, and mechanical beings battle for control, two children, on opposite sides of the earth, connect through a mysterious journal that comes alive to reveal a powerful primal force and a frightening destiny.