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The big people don't know the little people exist, and the little people can do a sort of magic if they know somethings true name. the plot is that theres friction between the the little people and the little aqua people, and they finally have to work together with a the big people to pump the underwater kingdom full of air since it was slowly being submerged.

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Please provide proper names if you know them, or any specifics you can recall. – Solemnity Jan 17 '13 at 2:34
did little people live in "mounds"? – Kreiri Jan 17 '13 at 11:18

I think it could be Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones (description on wikipedia).

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thats it! thank you so much!!! – Drew23232 Jan 20 '13 at 14:45

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