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Dalkey, Kara. Ascension.

(Water, Book 1). HarperCollins, Avon. 236p. c2002. 0-06-440808-6. $4.99. J

I love this new series about a mermaid who wants to be one of the Avatars who help to rule Atlantis. I have already had students race through reading this book, and they are anxiously awaiting the next two in the series, as am I. Nia, a 16-year-old mermaid, wants to go through the trials to determine who will become an Avatar, a merperson who is joined with one of the Farworlder Kings who live in the ocean with the merpeople. Her cousin instead is chosen to represent the clan and Nia is devastated. Her boyfriend, Cephan, is chosen to represent his clan. Then Nia discovers the contest has been fixed. The city is shut down by an Avatar who wants to rule on his own. She is cast ashore with the Farworlder infant king after having the joining ceremony performed on them. The Farworlder infant is found by a human and taken away. The book ends with Nia searching for the king, since without the two of them being together each will die. Stacey Conrad, Middle School Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Author:Conrad, Stacey
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Date:May 1, 2002
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