Treehugger (Based on a Dream)
by Kea Alwang
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For fourteen-year-old Chloe, planet hopping is a gift. Righting the wrongs of the multiverse on behalf of a mysterious life form is a privilege. Leading a double life has its perks. Being Earth-born, however, simply bites.
Chloe knows she will never fit in when high school starts; that’s a given. It’s not like she can reveal her true self and her unusual abilities on Earth anyway. She used to be okay with that, as long as her two best friends were part of her extraterrestrial life, understanding her the way nobody else could.
That was before those friends vanished. That was before some jerk displayed her underwear on his head.
Now two-thirds short of feeling whole, Chloe becomes an enemy to herself just as a terrifying nemesis threatens to resurface. Can she fight through weakened skills, fearsome flashbacks, and evolving relationships to meet her future head on? Does it really matter what world you’re on when trying to find yourself?
Kea Alwang has taken a break from non-fiction magazine and newspaper articles to focus on her young adult, fantasy/sci-fi "Based on a Dream" series, beginning with "Treehugger." Kea lives in New Jersey with her husband, two kids, two parakeets, and snake. When she's not writing, she loves reading, practicing the martial art of Isshin-ryu, and toying with the possibilities social media presents.