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John Lunn. The Aquanauts
Tundra Books  $12.99  ISBN 0-88776-727-3  221 pg.
Reviewed by Emma, Age 13

"The Aquanauts," he said.

"The Aquanauts? Aquanauts." Jules rolled it around her tongue slowly, as if tasting it. "You win. That one's the best."

"It's okay," Nicky said.

Marco raised up a fist as if he were offering a toast. "The Aquanauts."

"The Aquanauts!" we all yelled. We clinked our fists together and, for the first time that day, I felt like something had gone right.

This is the story of 16-year-old Greta Kovachi, the daughter of a world-famous particle physicist who's on the verge of a breakthrough. In an underwater research base, where science is everything on anyone's mind, slacker-bad girl Greta feels way out of place. Her father is absorbed in his work, her friends ditched her, and the only other kids on the hab are a boot campy tough girl, a hermit science geek, and a primary school chatterbox. It's going to be a long summer…

John Lunn is the author of The Aquanauts, but writing isn't all he does. He is also a flutemaker, silversmith, filmmaker, local activist, and web designer. He is originally Canadian but now lives in New Hampshire. The Aquanauts is 221 pages of intense and fun science fiction. I recommend it for kids age 11-16.

The Aquanauts is light and fun, full of new ideas and hilarious characters, but also packed with excitement, terror, and depression. Full of opaque contrasts, tested relationships, and heart-stopping action, The Aquanauts defies typical science fiction with its realistic but still magical look into the future of our world. Time travel, earth-shattering futuristic technology, and startlingly familiar human nature blend on the difficult backdrop of the hab, located at the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean.

Four-and-a-half stars go to The Aquanauts! Read this book anytime!

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