Mars Evacuees & Space Hostages

Mars EvacueesMars Evacuees
by Sophia McDougall
Grades 4 & up

It’s been 15 years of war with the Morrors, and for 12-year-old Alice Dare that is more than her whole life. Her mother is a heroic spacefighter in the Exo-Defense Force and her father is onboard a submarine when Alice and a couple hundred other kids are evacuated to Mars to begin their army training. Mars is being terraformed into an inhabitable planet, but it still has a long way to go. There is not much out there other than the kids, some scientists, a few army trainers, and the civilian robots who take care of them. When things start to go horribly wrong (think Lord of the Flies), Alice and her two friends Josephine and Carl, as well as as Carl’s younger brother Noel and a robot goldfish set out for help. Along the way they discover what exactly is going on with the aliens. This is action-packed and funny, science fiction at its best! Highly recommended for grades 4-7.

Space Hostages (Mars Evacuees #2)Space Hostages
by Sophia McDougall
Grades 5 & up

Fantastic sequel to Mars Evacuees! Alice Dare and the other “plucky kids from Mars” (Carl, Noel, Josephine, Thysaa, and of course Goldfish) have been invited to go back into space to celebrate the opening of a new home planet for the Morrors. This time they are traveling on a somewhat sentient ship called the Helen of Troy out into deep space when things start to go terribly wrong. Full of the same humor, science, and adventure as the first, fans of science fiction will not want to miss this series! I can only hope that there will be a third. Highly recommended for grades 5 & up.

eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

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