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The Doomed Colony of Mars (The Maurice Series Book 2) Kindle Edition

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"Another Sci-Fi hit for Barth! -- Maurice Rocks!"  -Booksamillion.com review

"This is a cleanly written novel aimed at the coming-of-age youngster... Maurice's world hews closely to the rules of our universe. This is a rare strength, and if you are looking for a novel that teaches as it entertains, you have found it."  -John Cooley, Author: Dear Madman

"One of the best sci-fi books for younger readers in many a year. Dr. Barth's credentials shine through and all the science is impeccable. The action never falters, and the reader is swept along with Maurice to investigate sabotage on an endangered Martian colony.  Highly recommended!"  -Gene Grim: Author: Conversations on a Blackboard




From the Author

The Doomed Colony of Mars is the second book in the Maurice Series.  Mars has always been a favorite planet of mine since I was a boy and I've followed every space probe and investigation of Mars since the days of Mariner-4 in the early 1960's!  The pace of exploration on Mars has never been greater than it is today, so Mars seemed to be the natural setting for the second Maurice book.

With the discovery of large amounts of water on Mars, the possibilities for exploration and colonization became much better.  Although Mars (with water!) has much to offer the explorer, the colonist will still find it a harsh and barren environment that will make everyday life a struggle for the first generations of settlers who choose to make their permanent home on Mars.  This made a story about a Martian colony the perfect vehicle for encouraging the discussion of  development of resources vs. environmental conservation.  The conflicts that trouble Maurice and his friends on Mars in the late 21st century are very much with us here on Earth!

As with Maurice on the Moon, a full classroom curriculum is being written for The Doomed Colony of Mars.

Product Details

  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Funderstanding LLC (November 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4LHPJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dr. Daniel Barth is the author of Maurice on the Moon, The Doomed Colony of Mars, and the new released Crisis on the Far Side. Part of The Maurice Series, each of the three books is a Common Core reading and science resource, which promotes a science through children's literature approach to teaching. Dr. Barth has been promoting this style of interdisciplinary teaching for over 25 years, culminating in The Maurice Series; he continues to write the next book for the series to further his goal of providing educators with effective educational resources for an interdisciplinary curriculum while fulfilling his love for writing and teaching science.

A telescope owner and active astronomer for over 40 years, Dr. Barth is a Reagan Scholar, a former Research Corporation Fellow, and winner of the prestigious Amgen Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, as well as the Science is for Kids Fellowship. Apart from The Maurice Series, other published works include Observational Astronomy, and Teaching Science Through Literature; Dr. Barth's astronomy and physics curriculum are used by hundreds of teachers around the world, and his science through literature method is popular in middle schools across the United States.

Dr. Barth believes that science is a verb, and that every student should have access to an exciting, hands-on science education. Apart from his work as a writer, Dr. Barth is also Associate Professor of Astronomy at Mt. San Jacinto College and he introduces hundreds of students of all ages to the joys of observational astronomy each year. In his spare time, Dr. Barth enjoys gardening, wood carving, raising Akitas, and searching the skies with his own telescopes and binoculars.

The Maurice series:
- Maurice on the Moon: http://amzn.com/B00870L6ZS
- The Doomed Colony of Mars: http://amzn.com/B00A4LHPJY
- Crisis on the Far Side: http://amzn.com/B00AWX5RQW

Website: www.MauriceOnTheMoon.com
Facebook Page: http://ow.ly/e8ozg

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a cleanly written novel aimed at the coming-of-age youngster. Unlike many tales aimed at this age group, there are no appeals to glitz and false popularity. This book, although shot through with the adventure and derring-do that appeals to youngsters, takes its science seriously. There are no miracle inventions out of the blue, no deus ex machina, just solid, reasonable and scientifically accurate technology.
It is no secret that the world is viewed differently by sub and early teens, that they are entranced by adventure writ large, but Barth has made good use of this outlook to explain and explore science and scientific concepts. In contrast to "Star Wars" type of inaccuracies, where spaceships behave like airplanes and make roaring noises, Maurice's world hews closely to the rules of our universe. This is a rare strength, and if you are looking for a novel, for a youngster, that teaches as it entertains, you have found it.
John Cooley, authorDear Madman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meghan Elison on November 24, 2012
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This is an excellent series, and this installment does not disappoint. Maurice is a curious and courageous character and very easy to relate to. Shannon is well-characterized and very sympathetic for girls; not bubbly or boy-crazy, but in for every part of the adventure. The story is compellingly written and raises fascinating and tantalizing possibilities about the space program and the future. It's a great choice for a kid who is bored by narrative but interested in science- they can be sucked in by both here and not disappointed. Wonderfully imaginative and skillfully written, this book can entertain nearly anyone. Don't be shy about introducing thoughtful sci-fi! This is the real thing and the science checks out. What's really out there can be much more interesting than what's been made up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on November 23, 2012
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I bought this book because my friend was coming over for the weekend to help me fix some major stuff around the house. He was bringing his kid along and we needed something for him to do for long periods of time. Luckily, he likes to read so I gave him the book as I heard from another friend that it was pretty good. He immediately gobbled it up. One reason why he liked it was because they had been talking about the Curiousity rover that landed on Mars recently. We ended up watching some videos of Mars and the rover afterwards. I'm now a favorite "uncle."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mommy of P and J on December 4, 2012
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I downloaded this book to my kindle several days ago and zipped through it in no time. Doomed Colony of Mars is well written and full of educational information about Mars. I am always looking for new books to read to my children before bed time and this book has moved up to the top of the lost. Both of my boys have recently become very interested in spave and I believe this will be right up thier alley! The plot moves quickly enough to keep their attention ( they are 3 and 6) but not to scary to keep them up all night. This book is beutifully written and I will definitely recommend this to everyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana Masopust on November 21, 2012
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I absolutely love this book! The author has a great way of creating a sense of adventure and excitement throughout the book, while at the same time having a very accurate scientific approach to the story line. I have also read the first two books and found myself so completely enamored with them I could not find the will to put them down. This recent one has proved itself to be just as good as the others, if not better. Daniel Barth does an amazing job at combining truly intellectual thoughts with an intriguing and impeccably well written story. This book has completely outdone itself. I would recommend everyone to read it! Its amazing and you most definitely won't regret it!!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I was impressed with the deft way the author used his characters to explain science facts. I was reminded of the authors I grew up reading. What Robert Heinlein did in his book "Farmer in the Sky", Daniel Barth has reprised in this novel about Mars. It is a fresh look at what is possible with today's technology. It is written in clear language, with scientific concepts explained in a way that makes them easy to understand. While some may say that this is a book for juveniles, I found it appealing because there wasn't any explicit language, or gratuitous sex or violence. I feel like this book will appeal to people of all ages who dream of humanity colonizing the solar system and beyond. It's the stuff that will cause children to dream, and someday those kids will cause this dream to come true.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shari on June 13, 2008
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I have read both Maurice and the Doomed Colony of Mars and Maurice on the Moon several times now to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. I love the stories, but the science is what is truly incredible. After taking college classes in astronomy and aviation, I can tell you that both you and your students will learn so much about, space, space travel, the moon, Mars, and everything solar system. Dr. Barth knows his stuff!
His science fiction type answers to the problems encountered in the "colonies" on both the moon and Mars are often times what is actually being discovered, invented, and tweaked by NASA. These are the types of books that when read over and over, you learn something new everytime. Very exciting to be able to share with students!
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