From School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Alice Dare's mother is a pilot, fighting the Morrors in space, and her father works on a submarine, laying mines. Just 15 years in the future, the world is slowly freezing-making it more comfortable for the invading Morrors, but worse for humankind. Sooner than expected, Alice is evacuated to Mars, and enrolled as a cadet in the Exo-Defense Force, under the watchful eyes of a variety of robots and in the blustery command of Colonel Dirk Cleaver, who is determined to whip the children into a fearsome fighting force. Mars has undergone intensive terraforming and now sports a somewhat breathable atmosphere and the beginnings of plant life, along with a low gravity bounciness that's hard to resist. With new friends Carl and Josephine, Alice participates in drills, has some fun, and steps into a leadership role when the adults on the base disappear. Determined to get help, Alice, Josephine, and Carl steal a Flying Fox and cross paths with a Morror their own age. These young friends help the adults see that the real threat is not from one another, and the story wraps up with hope that humans and Morrors can coexist. This book has plenty of action, with middle school humor and an occasional, but mild, swear thrown in during times of stress. Suggest to fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The Missing" series (S. & S.) and Emma Clayton's The Roar (Scholastic, 2009).—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“Witty and well observed, it injects science fiction with the recognizable everyday experience of ordinary youngsters.” - The Sunday Times (UK)
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“Sophia McDougall has created a fascinating world on a realistically terraformed Mars so that even the nerdiest kid should be able to enjoy the story without picking holes in the science.” - The Express & Star (UK)
“This book is exciting, fast-paced, and I really enjoyed it.” - Magnet (UK)
'This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun. I tore through it and loved every minute!' - What (British) kids are saying (lovereading4kids.co.uk), Sam Harper, age 10
'Mars Evacuees is a great book full of action, emotions and great descriptions...an awesome book.' - Charlie Flood ,10
'This book is a science fiction book for those who like maggots that fly around and try to eat you...Mars Evacuees is a book you might want to read.' - Dylan Sweet, age 10
'This book was absolutely brilliant...I would rate this book ten out of ten stars. It is awesome I hope they write another one.' - Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11
'The book was very descriptive about the planets and space and think it would appeal to girls who like science fiction and space adventures. I enjoyed reading this book.' - Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 11
'This book is a real page-turner, I couldn't stop reading! I think this book is very cleverly worded, making it seem like the reader is actually stuck on Mars. I laughed pretty much all the way through!' - Abigail Smart, age 11
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