E and also has trouble coping with his grief When there is a huge sudden flash of light in the sky one night Mylo is sure it is a Martian flying saucer landing and with the help of his friends Gracie on whom he has a crush and Diego he finds the crashed spaceship and an alien Of course the army is ready to come and take away the wreckage for study but Mylo manages to help the alien escape and hide her His pa Mylo has moved to a small town near Roswell New Mexico to a ranch that is just as alien to him as a Martian He does make a good friend Dibs who like him has smelly toes and is eleven After his older brother has died Mylo sometimes wonders if there is to life and imagines that life would be better if Superman came to his house and save everyone This story is smart insection of grief friendship and extraterrestrials and is perfect for comic book fans I adored Savage s first book Lemons and this one is exactly what I loved about that book smart funny and full of heartOf course the story starts out with Mylo and his best friend Dibs spending the night Except that important revelation are given within the first few pages Dibs father is a single dad and Mylo s brother died the year previously Yes there is a lot of boy stuff but the story truly gets interesting when they actually discover an alien that has crashed to Earth In an ET like situation the boys and now with the help of a smart girl the trio are determined to help the alien AKA Moon ShadowIn order to keep this short and not reveal anything about the plot Mylo and his friends bond and have a grand adventure in this story and it will make you laugh and get a bit weepy at times I think fans of See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L Engle will really enjoy this I think this is suited for older middle school kids Melissa Savage writes stories about otherworldy creatures bigfoots martians and human loss In my opinion this book isn t as good as her first novel LEMONS but it is full of well crafted characters and descriptions She throws in a twist every time the story begins to meander And I enjoyed all of the references to things from days gone by like Superman on the radio black and white Flash Gordon serials and Kellogg s cereal with pep A awesome heartbreaking book about the rosswell incidentA good way to learn historyI recommend it to everyone I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I m worried it s not going to get the recognition it deserves The cover and title are very much fitting with the story but I m not sure its going to sell it The science fiction genre always comes in last Else seems to hear There it is againHelp But who And why him after he couldn’t save the one person who mattered than anything Something crashed in the desert north of Roswell New Mexico in 1947 The military wants everyone to believe it’s just a fallen weather balloon But Mylo Story and his best friend Dibs know the truth They know it because they were there and saw it with their own eyesAnd the truth isit’s not from this.
This children s story was a real mixed bag in my opinion On one hand it did an excellent job in dealing with friendship grief neighborly concern God and faith Moreover it encouraged writing as a method of dealing with sad feelings On the other hand it had too much of what would be considered gross boy stuff and the character of Dibs was like a caricature in the beginning of the story Those two things are minor though compared to what I thought was the main problem of the book it is encouraging children to believe in conspiracy theories The truth about this book is that I wanted to enjoy this book than I did It took me about halfway through the book to actually start enjoying it before that I would read a page and fall asleepI loved the author s previous book Lemons and this book has some of that same spirit the story takes a long time to gain momentum which is why it doesn t get the same rating as Lemons Great story I loved that it took place in NM I had problems with this book I wanted to believeAnd I was supposed to believe that there was extraterrestrial lifeBut my gosh it was like pulling teeth On one hand we had Mylo mourning his brother s death Then we had his friends hanging around with him oting comic books and the token smart girlOnce we finally established that there was indeed a spaceship and an alien we had had to go back and forth and argue and discussI thought perhaps martians might parallel his love for his dead older brother and the story hinted at that then turned and left s in the desertToo much talking too little actionThanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review The Truth About Martians by Melissa Savage 317 pages Crown Books for Young Readers 2018 17Language G 4 swears 0 f Content G Violence GBUYING ADVISORY EL ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGE When a flying saucer crashes into a field in Corona NM in 1947 Mylo is called on by the surviving Martians for help He and his friends Dibs and Gracie seek and find the survivors and a whole lot of trouble The Army Air Force doesn t want the public to think a flying saucer has crashed into a local field but Mylo has already felt the loss of a much loved brother and cannot bear the plea for help without trying He and his friend Dibs and crush Gracie decide to invest E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMylo lives with his parents and baby sister near Roswell New Mexico in 1947 His best friend Dibs is obsessed with Martians and comics especially Planet Comics The two boys spend a lot of time together since Dibs mother left home and his father is not coping well Mylo has lost his brother Obi. It feels like someone’s watching him He can hear breathing tooAnd just one word Help It’s a whisper and a scream all at onceIt’s been all grey days since losing his brother but ten year old Mylo Story has something else to think about now The strange metal debris with weird purple symbols and the charred earth where it hit out on Foster’s ranch during the loudest monsoon storm everAnd then there’s the voice that no one.
Lace in student interest surveys and this book looks 100% science fiction Kids today run from the word martian like the plague Unless the librarian talks p this book kids will never know that it s based on a true event that occurred near Roswell New Mexico In 1947 an official from the Army Air Force Base announced that they had recovered a flying saucer The story appeared on the cover of every major newspaper Several days later the story was retracted and to this day has caused speculation about what the military really foundMany people including ones who were kids at the time claim to have seen the flying saucer Brothers up close Savage s story is a fictional account of what might have happened The best way to describe it is It meets E T It because there is a comical group of 5 kids who journey out to the crash site to investigate and E T because an alien endsp following one of the boys and he becomes responsible for protecting it and helping it get homeAll that makes for a cool story but what s most incredible about this book is how well Savage describes the perspective of kids in 1947 Superhero comics and westerns were priority 1 A Coke and Cracker Jacks were consumed as often as spare change allowed Spit was important especially for hair fixes and the spit handshake Surprises in cereal boxes did what they said they would do ie detect radiation Every kid s job was to invent crazy theories about everything Becoming a baseball player was every kid s dream Dogs got cool names like Clark Kent Going to church on Sunday was as sure as going to school The character development is off the charts and here s a few otes to prove itAbout God If he s not going to listen to me then I m done listening to Him That s why we don t talk any Not even in church on Sundays But I fake it for Momma s sake If she knew I wasn t speaking to God I d be saying Hail Mary ntil she was good and sure my soul was back on track toward heavenly salvationSpit promise I take a deep breath and gather Leaders Eat Last up all the spit in my mouth Then I hock a good one in the center of my palm and slap my sloppy hand against hisAbout cereal box prizes You should ve sent in for one of those Atomic Bomb Rings They detect radioactive material Spuds informs Dibs I don t think it detects the radiation Diego says Sure does Dibs pipesp The air was so thick with radiation the ring couldn t even read it That s how I know it was workingThe way the kids talk and interact is just like the kids in It and Stand By Me both written by Stephen King a master storyteller I truly hope people discover this book If I could give than 5 stars I would. WorldThe Army Air Force threatens the town into silent fear as they create a worldwide cover p But someone is still calling him and Mylo Story knows he can’t just walk away He soon finds himself in another fight to save a life He isn’t going to let another one slip through his fingers not again This time he would keep his promise no matter whatAnd just maybe one of the lives he saves is his own Taken from the author's websi.