From School Library Journal
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
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.
"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."
It's the zany, must-read middle-school sci-fi/fantasy story of the year!
-CreateWithJoy Blog Book Review
"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