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By Leah Bobet

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her blond hair shining and her bee's wings falling away. They live together in Safe, a refuge deep underground for those fleeing the harsh city Above - as does Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Atticus, who has thick claws for hands, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingertips.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. Forced to survive in the most dangerous place he can imagine, Matthew strives to unravel the mystery of the shadows' powers and Safe's own secret history. For he must find a way to remake Safe - not just for himself and his friends, but for Ariel, who's again faced with a life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

A gorgeously imagined urban fantasy and a deeply moving love story, Above is the debut of an extraordinary new voice.

Reviews and Awards

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book

⋆ "A dark, dazzling tale.... Bobet effortlessly blends reality and fantasy, her characters are both gifted and broken... hers is a world that is simultaneously fantastic and painfully real. Heartbreaking, romantic, complex, and magical, this fantasy lingers on the senses." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[T]hose willing to go along with this captivating exploration of both individual and collective identity will find themselves pondering its implications long after the last page." - Kirkus Reviews

"Bobet has crafted a genre-defying story that is as dark and twisting as the underground tunnels in which it is set. Themes of sanctuary, justice, and storytelling help tie the plot threads together and lend richness to the story.... [A] multilayered tale that speaks to universal needs and desires." - Voice of Youth Advocates

"Richly nuanced, this complicated tale touches on notions of security, truth, and autonomy with just a hint of romantic love." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Spring 2012
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-0-545-29670-0
Price: $17.99/$19.99
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 368
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes