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Dragon Planet is the much-anticipated sequel to Zero G, the middle grade debut by Dan Wells.
The colonists from the Pathfinder have arrived on Kaguya, a planet with low gravity but a very dense atmosphere. It’s fun to jump around, but the air makes you loopy – and worse than that, the heavy atmosphere means that wind storms, although rare, are absolutely devastating.
Zero and Nyx help to get everything locked down before the first big storm, but they stumble onto a group of thieves who have stolen some mining equipment. Before the kids have a chance to get away and tell anyone, the storm hits and the massive winds carry them far away. Zero and Nyx are stranded on an unknown planet with no way to communicate, being chased by thieves, and with another storm bearing down on them.
Oh yeah: and this planet has dragons.
It will take more than just good luck to get back to the colony. It’s going to take science.
Berlin. 1961. Two months after the Wall. And the Cold War is threatening to boil over.
It is an especially uneasy time at The Cabin, a joint US-West German listening station. Its agents failed to see the Wall coming. And now the East Germans and their Soviet allies are making new, aggressive moves.
Then, CIA cryptographer Wallace Reed decodes the latest message from the double agent known as Longshore – and the crisis escalates. Has Longshore been caught? Suborned? Murdered? Or, the worst possibility of all – is he trying to send a secret code to a mole in Reed’s own office, sabotaging their intelligence and sending reports back to the other side?
Ghost Station is a tense thriller about espionage, cryptography, and paranoia, set in the earliest days of the Berlin Wall. Can Reed trust Longshore? His boss? His lover? Can he find the truth behind the lies – or will Berlin become ground zero for a world-ending war?
How can one kid defeat an entire band of space pirates when everyone he knows is asleep? Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe during the trip, but when Zero’s pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he’s excited to be the only one awake – he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants – but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.
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