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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (March 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405268670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405268677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,633,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Malfunctioning robots! Space monsters!! Alien abduction!!! The setting may be the future, but there’s plenty of good old-fashioned storytelling and humor here. Sure to please armchair adventurers with their eyes on the stars. (ALA Booklist) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
You know, there are lots of strong female characters out there for middle grade fiction readers, but there's always room for one more. And the star of this book is a particularly appealing heroine.

Alice Dare, (even the name is great), isn't funny, exactly. She isn't snarky, exactly. She's courageous, but not in a Sheena the Barbarian sort of way. For a middle grade heroine she is grown up, world weary, and ruefully attuned to her surroundings. The Earth she lives in has been invaded by invisible aliens who have occupied the polar regions, sending ice, snow and cold to the temperate zones as a consequence of their terraforming. Alice has been relocated to a camp on Mars for her safety and to train her up for combat.

This is a pretty sly play on the relocation of kids to the English countryside during World War II. It also serves to explain how a tween girl can be so weary and worldly wise at such a young age. The set up underscores the slight tone of gallows humor and desperation that underlies the tale, and it also gives the author free reign, (which she seizes with delight), to create all manner of Mars and space based adventures, conflicts and sub-plots.

The result is a story that has a rich but vaguely skewed atmosphere, a novel but seemingly realistic premise, and characters who cover a wide and varied spectrum. This isn't just teen drama, or extraterrestrial adventure, or alien invasion stuff - there's a bit of all of that, but it is wrapped up in a more thoughtful and intriguing story of how Alice copes with it all. This is one of those odd and idiosyncratic books that is loaded up to the gills with plot and background and world building and action, but still revolves mostly around the thoughts and reactions of the heroine and her mates.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is such a great read! Quite fun but also at times quite scary!!

When Earth is invaded by Aliens and the war between humans and Morrows has been going on for a long time, it is decided that it may be safer to send some kids to Mars. It has been terraformed and is habitable by humans. AliceDare is one such "lucky" child. Her mother is a fighter pilot and Alice has been sent to live away from the danger. Unbeknownst to anyone, Earth isn't the only planet in danger and when all the grownups disappear on Mars, Alice Josephine, Carl and his brother Neil set off to find help.

With a lot of colourful characters I think Alice and her crew were definitely my favourite. All of them are the exiles, as such. Josephine is extremely smart but is always being picked on for being odd and Alice finds it hard to fit in. Carl is a ball of energy and always seems to be doing something that gets himself into trouble. They are all brave, selfless and strong. It's nice to have an odd ball assortment of characters that get on so well together.

I think the world building was amazing in Mars Evacuee. Earth is at war with the aliens and the kids are sent to an unhospitable place. Everything about Mars is weird, even with Terraforming happening. There aren't that many adults on Mars because most of the things are robotic, they have some awesome robotic teachers, with the Goldfish being the best. This is a Goldfish shaped Robot that teaches the kids, he ends up on the adventure with Alice and co and brings a comic atmosphere with him. He was so awesome!! Also the Teddy Bear teacher that the junours have sounded so funny! Alice describes it as a scary bear and all the younger kids are terrified of it!! Even the aliens were awesome!!
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Format: Hardcover
Earth has been invaded by the Morror who are changing the climate to make Earth colder and more suited to their needs. Alice Dare's mother is a war hero who is battling the Morror in the skies over Earth. This is complicated by the fact that Morror ships and the Morror themselves are invisible.

In a last-ditch effort (or maybe a PR stunt) a group of about 300 children ages 8 to 16 are being sent to Mars. Scientists on Mars are terraforming but people can't live without additional oxygen. Some of the kids were chosen because their parents where prominent on Earth, others had high test scores, and still others were chosen by lottery.

One of the first kids Alice meets is Josephine who is another twelve-year-old and who tested in. She is an odd kid frequently picked on by others. Then she meets Carl, also twelve, and his younger brother Neil who is eight. Neil was chosen by lottery and allowed to bring his brother. Carl seems like a typical ADHD kid. He is always bouncing off the walls, pulling pranks, and generally making a spectacle of himself. At first Alice doesn't like him and Josephine can't stand him.

But once all the adults at their base on Mars disappear and the older, bullying kids take over, Josephine, Alice, Carl and Neil take off along with one of their teacher robots to try to get to the nearest base to find help. They have all sorts of exciting adventures and are in a great deal of danger.

But then they find an alien...

This was an engaging science fiction story about a varied group of intrepid kids. Fans of adventure will enjoy this one.
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