The Martian Girl Part 2
by Brent LeVasseur
Gilbert never knew that school could be so dangerous!
Determined to accompany his new friend, Aoleon, wherever she goes, Gilbert soon finds himself back in school – at the Martian Space Academy. There he’s introduced to Martian society, hears a history lesson on the Draconian and Andromedan races, and even gets invited to a psiball match. But Gilbert soon finds out it’s not all fun and games. Not only is Aoleon’s arch nemesis, Charm Lepton, determined to make sure that Aoleon doesn’t make it through the psiball game, but Gilbert also comes under attack when a mysterious force attempts to control him.
Do our two heroes have what it takes to survive?
Find out in this exciting middle-grade science fiction adventure that’s sure to please young readers!
This is a fun continuation from book 1 (although it's easy to get wrapped into this story even without the first book). Gilbert, the boy from Earth, gets a good douse of what life on Mars is all about, and what a fun life it is!
Tons of imagination has been put into this alien colony and a nice amount of humor as well. The world is in some ways familiar, but then built up even more until even little things become super fantastic. Kids will eat it up and let their own imaginations soar as they experience all these amazing things right along with Gilbert. Then, there's the added bit of slap-stick comedy--my son finds these parts hilarious and was laughing out loud.
Where book one was mostly about adventure, book two gives the reader time to get to know Aoleon better. We meet her family, her friends and get a glance into her everyday life. She's nice and sweet but has her little quirks which make her easy to love.
The action moves a little slower in this book, but that doesn't mean it's any less exciting. Rather, the descriptions and chance to experience alien life make this interesting and kept my son and I turning from one page to the next. We get to meet several new characters, not all of which have good intentions. And little by little, we are given glimpses at the bigger problem Aoleon and Gilbert will be facing later in the series. The main plot does stretch over the entire series, making the individual books feel more like stepping stones.
The illustrations are as vivid as the descriptions, bringing the whole story to life. They add tons of color to Mars and give the entire story that extra boost, which is sure to draw kids in. There are moments where some of the technical explanations get a bit heavy, and I wonder if it doesn't go a bit too deep for the intended age group--my son tried to understand the paragraphs at first but quickly shrugged the explanation off, skipped the section and went on (and he's actually a space geek). But there's a nice glossary at the end to help out those who really want to dive into the definitions and reasoning behind Aoleon's strange world.
All in all, this is an imaginative adventure which will let kids take flight and dream of their own future trips to Mars.
The Martian Girl Song!
Another World - Single
Featuring Élan Noelle
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And here he is. . .
Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.
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