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Q: Sci-fi book about people living in trees ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Sci-fi book about people living in trees
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: stu42j-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 12 Dec 2005 08:01 PST
Expires: 11 Jan 2006 08:01 PST
Question ID: 604810
There is a sci-fi book about a society of people who live in the
trees.  There is a fairy-tale that if you ever go to the ground, the
troll will get you, or something.  However, it is actually a
government consipiracy to keep people from discovering the secret
prisons on the ground.  I need to know the title and/or author.
Subject: Re: Sci-fi book about people living in trees
Answered By: juggler-ga on 12 Dec 2005 11:16 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

It sounds like you're describing "Below the Root" (1975) by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

From a newsgroup message:

"... the "Below the Root" trilogy by Zilpha Keatley Snyder...  These
are enchanting books set in a world where everyone lives hundreds of
feet up in giant trees and moves about by gliding with specially made
cloaks(it's a low gravity world.)  Going all the way down to the
ground is forbidden except for a chosen few farmers and there are
rumors that strange beasts will capture and devour anyone who sets
foot on the ground..."

Also see

Other books in the series:
"And All Between" (Green-sky Book 2) (1976)
"Until the Celebration" (Green-sky Book 3) (1977)

search strategy:
google groups: "lives in trees" fantasy book

I hope "Below the Root" is the book that you had in mind.  If not,
please let me know via the "request clarification" feature.
stu42j-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
I've just ordered a copy of the book but that definitely sounds like
it.  Thanks so much!

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