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Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 2 – The Luminess of Mars
(An Exciting and Funny Middle Grade Science Fiction Adventure)
Author: Brent LeVasseur
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Published: February 23rd, 2015
Again this science fiction novel is aimed at Middle Grade readers and the story continues . . . this is definitely a series that needs to be read in the correct order. This fast paced story starts where the first one ended, with Aoléon and Gilbert starting to explore her home planet. Gilbert is appropriately camouflaged but that won’t protect him from the eager eyes of the Luminess! As the two friends endeavour to uncover what is going on, there are more adventures and surprises en route,
The characters are developing as the story unfolds. Gilbert meets and eats with Aoléon’s family, visits her home and meets Bizwat who reveals just why the Martians are so interested in the cows on Earth. You’ll also have a science lesson concerning the forms of matter, find out what school is like, learn about the history of Mars, how to play psi-ball and even the battles are brilliantly described. As for the illustrations – they are amazing, vivid, colourful and enhance the story superbly. The language used throughout the stories is not simplified or childish in nature, indeed many dialogues could be used to help exemplify how the use of excellent vocabulary can enhance the text for readers.
If the story is shared in a group or class situation, there are stimuli for discussions throughout the story – for instance examples of bullying behaviour, team work and different technologies are given. Gilbert also wonders what would life be like on Earth if no one could lie to each other? These could easily be used as the starting point for some great small group or class discussions!
This is a great second book in the series and leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next (something else that children could have a go at predicting!) A great story continuing the saga.
Thanks to the publishers for kindly sending me an e-ARC of this fantastic book in exchange for an honest review.
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