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Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 First Contact (An Exciting and Funny Middle Grade Science Fiction Adventure Kids Book for Ages 9-12) by [LeVasseur, Brent]
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Gr 5–7—This sci-fi adventure story starts out with several interesting, if somewhat familiar, elements: Gilbert Sullivan discovers "circle makers," aka Martian visitors, in his family's field and is taken aboard a UFO (albeit willingly) and goes on a trip to Mars where he discovers a blue-skinned race of Martians and befriends the titular Aoleon. Unfortunately, though LeVasseur clearly details the inner workings of the spaceship and is adept at describing the astronomy and technology, there is not enough development of plot or character motivation. For example, readers may wonder why the protagonist makes a "prayful wish" to escape his home and parents when the only evidence of his unhappiness is a slim reference to his parents arguing. Gilbert is soon revealed as a chosen one, and he and Aoleon are tapped to save the beleaguered planet from an evil dictator and an artificial intelligence device that controls the government. The author is clearly invoking Orson Scott Card's works, "Harry Potter," Star Trek, and other classic science fiction tales. This novel, however, lacks the depth of character, plot development, and world-building that are hallmarks of those other great works. As the story continues on for another 400 pages in subsequent parts, it's possible these shortcomings are overcome in later installments. Computer-generated, 3-D illustrations provide an interesting partnership to the spaceships and Martian landscape. VERDICT A supplemental purchase where middle grade readers are ravenous for sci-fi adventure.—Meghan Oppelt, Whitehall School District, WI

Review

Unless you've been circling the outer reaches of Alpha Centauri or living under a moon rock, you've probably heard the buzz about Brent LeVasseur's science fiction series Aoléon The Martian Girl by now.

It's thrilling.

It's mind-boggling!

It's the zany, must-read middle-school sci-fi/fantasy story of the year!


-CreateWithJoy Blog Book Review



"In LeVasseur's debut middle-grade sci-fi novel, a friendly extraterrestrial girl whisks a Nebraska farm boy away for a wild adventure of Martian intrigue, rebellion and invasion." 
 -Kirkus Reviews

"My mom knows I like sci-fi books and is always after me to read, read, read. She told me I had to read Aoléon, The Martian Girl and I thought to myself....why me? Now I am saying, Yes, me!!! I really liked it!" 
- Allie - seasidebooknook.com review

"My son, a reluctant reader, loves it! He says it's one of the coolest books he's ever read." - Laura Fabiani - iRead Book Tours

"This lavishly illustrated science fiction story features an adolescent farm boy from Nebraska and a young Martian girl who ultimately save the galaxy from evil aliens." - Blue Ink Review

"Mars needs milk in this tongue-in-cheek, slam-bang bit of YA escapism that's best for members of the PlayStation-playing generation." - Kirkus Reviews

"As a retired middle school teacher, I can attest that Aoleon The Martian Girl is an incredible science fiction adventure for this targeted age group. The superb writing and exquisite illustrations are more than enough to keep students engaged." - Mary Carocco

"This book has MOVIE written all over it. --maybe it's already in pre-production? It would be perfect as an animated film." - Suko's Notebook Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 16357 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Aoléon Press (January 31, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 31, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QVB9Q7K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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VERDICT: This short hilarious science fiction story, with gorgeous illustrations, will make you spend a very enjoyable time, as you get to know Gilbert and his friend Aoléon and follow them to the 4th planet. It is worth the trip!

I am so glad I was invited on the tour for this cool short science-fiction / fantasy saga (this is just part 1) for middle-grade readers! There is much to love in Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 1: First Contact, and enough to attract readers of all ages!

With some scenes that may remind you of E.T., you meet young Gilbert. He realizes he has strange dreams the nights when mysterious crop-circle formations appear on his neighbor’s farm. One night, curiosity wins: he goes out and walks towards a powerful light. He meets the driver of a spaceship, the girl Aoléon, who has the power to read his thoughts and memories, and does not hesitate to go with her for a ride, a happy change to his unhappy home where his parents constantly fight.

You will need to read the book to see all the new things Gilbert is led to discover. The book takes place alternatively on the 4th planet (with great descriptions of their megalopolis), at Gilbert’s place, on his neighbor’s farm, at an Air Force Base in Kansas, where a radar controller plays videos games instead of doing his job, and in the White House. There are some really smart elements inserted in the story.

One thing intrigues me, and the answer is not in part 1: why is the girl named Aoléon? What does it mean?

The fonts for the chapters titles are just awesome, perfectly designed for the book! The illustrations are also very neat. There are lots of hilarious scenes, for instance with flying cows. I can easily see this book as an animated movie. Right now it exists as a video game, and there’s also a song.
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Gilbert Sullivan has been having dreams lately of aliens. His mom says it is him playing too many video games. Gilbert awakes him his latest nightmare. He hears a noise and goes to look out of his telescope. He originally thought it was a shooting star but then realizes that it is a space ship. It has landed in the corn field. Gilbert rushes out and bumps into someone. A girl. Her name is Aoleon. She is from Mars.

I absolutely loved the graphics in this book. They were not your usual graphics. They were just like out of a video game. They were eye catching, vivid and colorful and just popped off the pages. All the time while I was reading this book on my computer. Then there was the story itself. Gilbert and Aoleon are great together. I was a little jealous of all of the cool fun that Gilbert was having with Aoleon in her space ship traveling all over the world. There was plently of action to keep this story moving along at a good pace. Also, I like that the author did not use a lot of big words. For the younger readers it would be hard to pronounce the words and understand what they mean. Even though the author did put a glossary at the back of the book with the definitions. This is book one. There are five books in this series. So now is a good time to start this series. Plus check out the Itunes album to this book.
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This is a children's science fiction book featuring Gilbert, a normal human boy, and Aoléon, a normal Martian girl. They meet when Aoléon visits Earth (or Terra as the Martians call it) just for fun and practice flying.

The pictures in this book are great. They're colorful and detailed and look like they came from a movie. The pictures go well with the descriptions which are detailed enough to give a good visual.

The main characters, Aoléon and Gilbert, both seem fearless which is a good thing because at the end of the book they're given a mission and they're going to have to be both smart and brave to complete it.

I think middle grade readers will enjoy Aoléon Martian Girl. It's a quick read with amazing pictures and is obviously the first book in a series.
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I was gifted this book at no cost in exchange for the following review

At the outset let me say I have been reading science fiction for about 60 years. This reminds me of some books/stories I read long ago. I would best describe this for a juvenile or pre-teen audience, although I enjoyed it very much(child at heart with 68). The main characters are well defined and developed. Chapters are short
enough for kids to put down and pick up again at a later time. Artwork is magnificent! I do not think I have seen anything like it is except from NASA.
Even though I place this as "juvenile" science fiction I will probably buy the rest of the series. It is too entertaining to not follow.

Keep up the good work!
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Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 by Brent LeVasseur
This is one of those stories that most of us can easily connect with, who among us hasn’t imagined waking up one morning and finding out that our dream has come true? For Gilbert, the young human hero in this book, it turns out that his dreams were so much more than they seemed. When he meets Aoleon, he could never have imagined the adventures he would have. I loved this story, not just for the great writing, creative imagery and details, funny and loveable characters, but also for the terrific pictures included with the words. The artwork is just as wonderful as the written story, and I don’t think either would be complete without the other. My daughters and I are all looking forward to reading more about Aoleon, and Gilbert as well! I highly recommend this series for kids of all ages.
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