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Ross, Joel.
New York : Harper, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.7
ISBN 0062352938

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Imagine a time on Earth where deadly mists cover the land, and all but the highest mountaintops are uninhabitable.  In this world, the rich and powerful live in beautiful houses on the high ground, while the poor struggle to survive on the lower slopes.  Poorest of all are the ones who must make their living by entering the mists to recover leftover scraps from the world that existed there before, to sell to the scrap merchants above.  It is children who seem to be able to resist the poison of the mist longer than the adults, so into the mists they go to support their families….
Thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew of fellow children sail in a rickety air ship just above the mist, with Chess “diving” into the fog to retrieve items for sale.  Thanks to the expertise of the crew and the fact that Chess seems to resist the poison of the mist more easily than anyone else, they run a fairly successful business.
But things are changing---Mrs. E, the woman who has been the closest thing to a mother the crew has ever known, is becoming ill, and they must leave their usual hunting grounds to find a cure for her.  Maybe even worse, the powerful Lord Kodoc has taken notice of Chess’s abilities---and seems determined to make him a captive.
Will Chess and the crew manage to evade the powerful warships of Lord Kodoc in time to find a cure for Mrs. E?  If you like non-stop action and wonderful characters who inhabit a fully imagined world, you will love The Fog Diver. 
(Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

SUBJECTS:     Action and adventure fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
                        Environmental degradation -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Recycling (Waste) -- Fiction.
                        Science fiction.
                        Survival -- Fiction.

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