The World Above

The World Above

A Retelling of "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother's tales of life in the World Above. Gen is skeptical, but adventurous Jack believes the stories--and trades the family cow for magical beans. Their mother rejoices, knowing they can finally return to their royal home.

When Jack plants the beans and climbs the enchanted stalk, he is captured by the tyrant who now rules the land. Gen sets off to rescue her brother, but danger awaits her in the World Above. For finding Jack may mean losing her heart ...

"I'm sorry I never really believed," I said. "Not the way Jack did."

"It doesn't make any difference, my mother replied. Her eyes focused on the beanstalk for a moment, then returned to mine. "You believe now. Be safe and smart up there, my Gen. Be yourself."

Seizing the trunk of the beanstalk with both hands, I pushed off and began to climb.

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