Notes from a Teens Top Ten Book Group Member: Heir to the Sky Fantasy Casting

Teens across the nation vote each year for the Teens’ Top Ten book list and the results are eagerly anticipated during Teen Read Week in October– but did you know how the books are nominated for this list in the first place?

Books are nominated by members of Teens’ Top Ten book groups in school and public libraries around the country. To give you a glimpse of some of the teens behind this process, we’re featuring posts from Teens’ Top Ten book groups here on The Hub. Today we have a fantasy cast list for Amanda Sun’s Heir to the Sky (May 2016) created by Carmen Baker.

Heir to the Sky

Publisher’s description:

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.

When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.

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Lily Collins as Kali

Lily Collins looks like the girl on the cover and she looks the most like how I imagined Kali would look.


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Alexander Ludwig as Griffin

He looks a lot like the character in the book. He is strong and funny like the character in the book.


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Neil Flynn as Kali´s Father, the Monarch

Neil Flynn has a very fatherly look to him and he is what I pictured when I read the book.


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Dakota Fanning as Elisha, Kali’s Best friend

She is blonde like how Elisha is in the book and she is a really good actress.


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Logan Lerman as Jonash, Kali’s fiance

He looks like he could be royalty and also that you could trust him very much even if you can’t.


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Keke Palmer as Aliyah, Griffin’s sister

Keke Palmer is exactly what I envisioned when I pictured Griffin’s sister. They have the same strong independent attitude.


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Cara Delevingne as Sayrah, Aliyah’s friend

She could play the timid but joyful role in this movie because she is a great actress.