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Maurice on the Moon (The Maurice Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Barth
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Book Description

Educators ... need a fun educational book that your students will actually enjoy reading? 
Parents ... do you wish your kids would actually want to read?

Maurice on the Moon
 is an... 
educational fantasy science fiction adventure book that kids find fun and engaging!

Mrs. Seabourne, ninth grade reading intervention teacher at South East High School (inner city of South Gate, CA), on Dr. Daniel Barth's guest teaching lesson combining Maurice on the Moon with science lessons.
"My students aren't shy. If they hadn't liked your [Daniel Barth's] book, or they thought the science lesson wasn't worthwhile, you would have heard about it! The fact that they were engaged for the entire time without misbehavior or disruption says a great deal!" She even had students come into class asking, "Are we reading Maurice on the Moon today?"

Maurice on the Moon
 is a science fiction adventure book for kids about a teen growing up on the Moon, his adopted homeland. Maurice hates the Moon and dreams of leaving it for Earth, the big jewel in the lunar sky that taunts him and where life would be so much better. He can't understand why his parents left Earth, making him work at a mining company whenever he isn't in school and where he's stuck living in a crater! His parents have dreams of gaining citizenship on their adopted planet while Maurice brainstorms ways to get away from deadly radiation and frozen lava to a home where he doesn't have to wear a pressure suit and helmet just to go outside and play. Maurice's mischievous ways even have him considering a stolen ride on a space liner! But leaving home isn't as easy as it seems and paradise doesn't always keep its promises!

In this realistic science fiction book, follow Maurice and his best friend Cassie, as they jump over people, avoid landslides, search for helium and more - all things kids do on the Moon, in this fantasy space series

**Maurice on the Moon is a Common Core reading and science resource
**The kindle version does NOT have a glossary

Maurice on the Moon
 is the first book in The Maurice Series, a science fiction series of books geared towards teens. If you're looking for more fantasy fiction for teens, also read the second book, The Doomed Colony of Mars and the newly released third book, Crisis on the Far Side!

Editorial Reviews


"This one absolutely merits a 'Full Moon'!"

"Real Science Fiction Finally Returns!" review

"Maurice on the Moon is a wonderful science fiction novel for the middle grade reader; appropriate as an enjoyable independent read as well as a perfect tool for classroom instruction.   Currently, I am reading Maurice on the Moon to my fifth grade class as a read aloud to accompany our science unit on space. They love it!" review

"Maurice is a delightful protagonist, he's inventive and impulsive, stubborn and persistent."  -Teacher's Journal

From the Author

The idea for Maurice on the Moon originally sprang from an assignment that I gave to my astronomy students; in trying to get them to understand what other planets were like, I asked them to imagine what their favorite sport would be like if it were being played on Mars or the Moon.   As an assistant track coach, I asked them what it would be like if you could jump 30 feet high in the low lunar gravity instead of just five feet as we did here on Earth!

Maurice also sprang from my childhood, much of which was spent watching the astronauts explore space and eventually walk on the Moon.  The NASA astronauts were my heroes, and I hoped that by the time I was an adult, I would be able to follow in their footsteps and maybe live and work on the Moon myself.  Things were changing so fast in the 60's and 70's that almost anything seemed possible. And even though we aren't there yet, I still fully believe that one day, people like Maurice will live, work, and even spend their childhood on the Moon.

I made Maurice a bit like my brothers and my sons; Maurice is clever, sometimes too clever for his own good, a boy who cannot resist a challenge or a puzzle, Maurice blurs the line between determination and stubbornness.  Like so many boys, Maurice is not content with the place his parents have worked so hard to provide for him; the horizon calls, and in an age of space exploration and colonization, there are many worlds for Maurice to explore.  Above all things, Maurice wanted to go to space and explore his nearest celestial neighbor.  Like me, he spent time gazing up at it with a telescope, watching the phases change from day to day, and looking forward to eclipses.  The alien planet Maurice wanted to explore was the Earth!

As an author, the idea of a boy from the Moon who wants to explore the alien planet of Earth was a wonderful hook for a story; a delightful twist that would capture the imagination of young and old alike.  As a scientist and a teacher, the chance to tell a story about the Moon was a chance to share my love of science and astronomy with my readers.  As you follow Maurice on the Moon, you learn about lunar surface the same way Maurice does, by experiencing it first-hand.  For instance, we all know that the same side of the Moon always faces the Earth (we never see the far side!), but few people realize that for someone living on the Moon, the Earth would never travel across the black, lunar skies!

As Maurice goes to school, works with his father in the mines, and even as he schemes with Cassie on ways to get to the Earth, the reader learns a great deal about the Moon and its environment.  Through all of Maurice's adventures, we become so familiar with the Moon, that when Maurice finally journeys to the Earth for the first time, we too, experience it as an alien and unfamiliar place.  It allows us to see our familiar home with new eyes, and with a new appreciation for its many gifts.  Maurice struggles to cope with many unfamiliar things like weather, houses with windows that actually open, and roofs without any meteor shielding at all; most of all, a landscape so full of life, "you could hardly see the rocks or geology of the place."  I hope that in reading Maurice on the Moon, kids would learn to fall in love with the Earth and its precious environment.

I did not set out to write an 'educational book'.  The first draft of Maurice was a short story called 'Jump Like and Earthman' (it eventually became chapter 8 or Maurice on the Moon!).  This story was presented to the Temecula Writer's Club in the fall of 2002, and the novel was written and polished over the next six months.  In the fall of 2003, I decided to return to Claremont Graduate University to pursue my doctorate in Science Education, and I took Maurice on the Moon with me.  Developing the Science Through Literature concept in my doctoral thesis research, I was able to clinically test the idea of teaching science in the classroom with science fiction literature instead of a traditional textbook.

The curriculum for Maurice on the Moon uses the power of the story to fascinate children as it introduces new concepts in astronomy and physics effortlessly into the curriculum. As students read about Maurice and Cassie and their adventures on the Moon, they participate in classroom activities that tie in with the story and integrate the science with mathematics, art, and writing.  The Maurice on the Moon curriculum emphasizes Authentic Performance Tasks, as recommended by Common Core Standards; science is a verb, and children learn science best when they are doing it!

Clinical testing evaluated a mixed group of 6th-8th grade students who were at risk and attending summer school due to failing academic performance, a significant percentage of the study group were ESL students.  After a four week unit of Earth and space science with Maurice on the Moon as their only text; reading the book and using the curriculum for one class period per day, the average improvement on a standards-based exam was 34%. ESL students' scores improved an average of 29%; and more than 90% of the kids in the study said they would recommend both the book and the class to their friends.  The results were clear, students who do more science, learn more science; and students who read relevant science fiction are inspired to do more, and participate more fully in the educational process.  The subsequent experiences of teachers and home school parents across the United States have mirrored the results of this research; kids love Maurice on the Moon, and it brings results in the classroom!

The experience of the book, integrated with the curriculum was finally realized when the creative team at Funderstanding partnered with Dr. Barth to produce Maurice on the Moon  - Interactive Edition for the iPad in 2012.  The Maurice on the Moon text on the iPad offers glossary support, and allows the student to explore Wikipedia and the web as they link to science concepts in the story.  Pictures, interactive graphics, quizzes, and exciting authentic performance tasks that get kids to put the books down and do science!  An interactive edition of The Doomed Colony of Mars is due in the fall of 2013.

The Maurice Series takes the Science Through Literature concept forward; as the series progresses, the characters grow and age, and the central science topics of the books likewise grow and progress.  In The Doomed Colony of Mars, Maurice meets Shannon Kappel, and they explore the Red Planet together, seeking a saboteur who is trying to destroy the colony!  This book uses the metaphor of the saboteur who destroys critical systems the colony needs to survive as a platform for studying environmental conservation and resource development.  The curriculum supports national common core standards for environmental science and astronomy.  The third book of the Maurice Series is Crisis on the Far Side, explores computer science and information technology.

Product Details

  • File Size: 311 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Funderstanding, LLC (May 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00870L6ZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts the Science Back into Science Fiction September 5, 2007
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Maurice on the Moon is a wonderful science fiction novel for the middle grade reader - appropriate as an adventurous independent read as well as a perfect tool for classroom instruction. Maurice's life in a colony on the moon is fascinating and full of accurate scientific information, but the narrative never veers into boring lecture. If we learn about gravity on the moon, oxygen production and CO2 waste, ecosystems, and geological mining, it is because the plot of the story has taken us there - effortlessly and entertainingly. Maurice is a reluctant moon colonist, longing to return to the jeweled planet that hangs motionless in the lunar sky, the planet of his birth. He hatches one hare-brained scheme after another for getting back to earth, often dragging his best friend Cassie along for the ride.

Maurice is a delightful protagonist - he's inventive and impulsive, stubborn and persistent. His planning skills leave a lot to be desired, for he fails to think his schemes all the way through to their logical conclusion before jumping into them, but in a pinch he doesn't lose his head. Mature readers will be able to predict that Maurice gets to Earth eventually and finds it less a paradise than he thought. But no one will be disappointed by his eventual Earth visit or by Maurice's hilarious reaction to such things as lakes, mosquitoes, and "wild" trees. And when Maurice returns home to the moon, the reader welcomes it as much as he does.

Currently, I am reading Maurice on the Moon to my fifth grade class as a read aloud to accompany our science unit on space. They love it! I understand that a second book is due out soon, and I look forward to Maurice's further adventures on the Doomed Colony of Mars!

Dianne Salerni
Author of High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance
High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! November 27, 2011
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When I was a child, I remember having a distinct sense of fraud and boredom when books were trying to teach me something without my knowing. It was vaguely insulting and terribly tiresome. Maurice on the Moon is one of those great books where the science is seamlessly woven into the story so that no one feels preached or pandered to. The facts and ideas that a kid can get out of this book are perfectly incidental and incorporated into a great adventure story. Maurice is a classic hero that anyone can relate to; stubborn and mischievous and endlessly curious. He has the rare good fortune among children in books to have two live parents who look out for him as well as a scrappy best friend. Kids will relate to Maurice and want to go where he goes, all through the series.

If you know a kid who likes adventure and the idea of being in space and you want to nourish that potential, this is a great book. It's well-written, fun, suspenseful, and the science is absolutely solid. Perfect for boys and girls, with appropriate vocabulary for a middle-grade reader yet challenging enough for a precocious kid with interests in space. Unqualified recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Maurice learns, you learn too December 19, 2006
Maurice on the moon is a simple, fun story to read. Not only that, but you learn at the same time. The book is interesting that it sets Earth as the alien planet, a planet where water falls from the sky, and Oxygen is completly free. As you follow Maurice through his wild adventures, you get to learn more about the moon, and by the end you realize how valuble simple water and oxygen is to life. Maurice's discoveries and failures show you how different the Moon is from Earth. It gives you a great idea of what it will be like to live on the Moon, and you realize how much we take for granted what its like to live on Earth.

A great way to learn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young & old February 20, 2013
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This great Science fiction book is written in such a way that both young kids & old kids really enjoy this book.great knowledge,humor, & so very interesting,it is a hard book to put down. Even old "kids" like me,a grandmother of 12,really enjoyed reading this book,as did my grandchildren. All 3 of Dr. Barth's books are great. Hope there will be a number 4 th.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable combination of science and fiction February 12, 2013
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Science fiction was what hooked me on reading when I was in the fifth grade in the mid-1950s. My first favorite author was Robert A. Heinlein, who wrote a number of sci-fi stories aimed at juveniles, including classics like Rocket Ship Galileo and Farmer in the Sky. These stories dealt with issues that adolescents encountered during space exploration and the colonization of other worlds.

Author Daniel Barth has written a series of stories that feature youngsters in space. In the first of these - Maurice on the Moon - Maurice Haberman and his tomboyish friend Cassie Metis and their families are colonists on Earth's Moon in the late 21st century. Maurice is an enterprising young man with a tendency to get into trouble, sort of a Lunar Dennis the Menace. Fortunately, he has the more level-headed Cassie to help keep him out of troble.

The story blends fiction and science together seamlessly to show what life on the Moon might be like. For kids, it's an adventure in one-sixth of Earth's gravity, but with no atmosphere and deadly solar radiation, it's also a dangerous place. On Earth a rip in a kid's clothing might bring a tongue-lashing from mom, but on the Moon, even a tiny tear in a spacesuit could be life-threatening. The reactions of a kid who's been raised on the Moon when he visits Earth was especially interesting, with Earth's abundant water supply, biting insects, rain showers, and the sights, sounds, and smells of big cities being overwhelming to a kid who's practically lived in a spacesuit all his life.

It's a good story, and the writing style is ideal for the target audience, which I believe would be elementary school-age through mid-teens, and there's enough drama and suspense to hold the reader's interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Sci fi lovers
A fantastic read. Full of real knowledge that doesn't bore where the story is concerened. Absolutely amazing.
Published 1 month ago by zel13
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read! Even For Adult Science Fiction Fans!
This book was a pleasure to read! I love books that portray what life could be like on another planet. It was also fun to read the story from a young person's perspective. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars cool sf for 12+
This is a fun book about a young boy living on the moon. It has lots of science in it that is very plausible, given our current technology. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Doro
4.0 out of 5 stars middle graders and up
An interesting and insightful book that will both entertain and educate young and old alike. If the editing had been tighter I would have given 5 stars. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alisan
5.0 out of 5 stars A science adventure
Learn real science about the moon while going on an adventure. As a child I wonderered what life on the moon would be like, now I know. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Double D
4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome series, but not the best book
Ok well here goes. I read this book and I knew it had potential but after finishing the series I looked back on it and thoyght (compared to the others) that this book was not so... Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
I am ten years old and I read the first two books they are excellent whenever I start reading them I can never stop. I always read them over and over again. Read more
Published on February 9, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn without realizing it
Here is a great book for Junior Highers and probably anyone over 5th grade. It is a particularly good book for boys since Maurice, the central character, is a 6th grade boy but... Read more
Published on January 24, 2013 by Fred Provencher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing and easy reading.
The Maurice series has become one of the books that I have been reading to my 7 year old grandson, and his reaction was after the first book "Are they going to make a movie of... Read more
Published on December 19, 2012 by Robert Laibovich
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for my son
My youngest son has been asking for a kindle lately but I'm not sure he would use it. So, I bought Maurice on the Moon and installed on our iPod touch. Read more
Published on November 19, 2012 by Soccer Mom
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More About the Author

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.

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