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The Truth About Martians (Paperback)
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This book is EVERYTHING I've ever wanted from a novel about extraterrestrials coming to earth, whether it be for kids or adults. It takes place in July of 1947, the time of the Roswell crash, through the eyes of Mylo, a preteen still coping with the loss of his older brother. The Truth About Martians makes you wonder-- why do we see the potential of ET contact as hostile? It's silly, emotional, and bittersweet. A couple of chapters were so beautiful and moving that I got teary. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Recommended by Andrew for kids ages 8 - 12— From Our Favorite Kids Books
A boy and his best friends set out to find the aliens who crash-landed next to their Roswell, New Mexico, farm in this adventurous and heart-filled novel from the author of Lemons.
Mylo never really believed in Martians, unless they had a starring role in one of his comic books. But then a flying saucer crash-lands next to his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch, and he starts to hear voices--like someone is asking for his help.
With his best friend Dibs and crush Gracie by his side, and his Cracker Jack superhero membership card in his pocket, Mylo sets out on an epic adventure to investigate the crash and find the Martians. But he and his friends end up discovering more about the universe than they ever could have imagined.
"Plenty of adventure and stinky-feet jokes."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Melissa Savage is the author of Lemons and a child and family therapist. Even though she's never actually seen a Bigfoot or a Martian in person, Melissa loves to learn and write about the mysteries of cryptozoology for children. She lives in Minneapolis. You can follow Melissa on Twitter at @melissadsavage, and visit her at melissadsavage.com.
"Lovers of historical fiction will be at home." —Kirkus Reviews
"Reminiscent of E.T., this tale of curiosity, friendship, and community presents opportunities for discussion about the universe and our relationship to it." —Booklist
"Plenty of adventure and stinky-feet jokes." —Publishers Weekly
"Hand to fans of science fiction/history mash-ups." —School Library Journal
"Mylo and Dibs make a charming pair with the comedic timing of Abbott and Costello, and when other supporting characters are added . . . the kids’ group dynamic has the appeal of an updated Little Rascals." —The Bulletin
Praise for Lemons:
"Packed with humor, mystery, friendship, family secrets, and even Bigfoot! " –Karen Cushman, Newbery Medalist for The Midwife's Apprentice
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"An enjoyable and welcome exploration of sorrow, healing, and friendship." –School Library Journal
"An enjoyable and comforting middle-grade handbook on navigating new experiences and the heartache of losing loved ones early in life." –Kirkus Reviews
"Savage injects enough humor, mystery, and lively interaction among the characters to give this two-hanky debut a buoyant tone." -–Booklist
"[A]pt and accessible for young readers." –The Bulletin