Here is the first Book of the Month for 2019! Set against the backdrop of the famous UFO Roswell site, The Truth about Martians, is a heart-warming tale of discovery exploring loss, friendship, family and – what else – aliens! I absolutely loved this quirky and original tale by Melissa Savage, author of the critically acclaimed Bigfoot Tobin & Me.
The Truth about Martians by Melissa Savage
Mylo knows there’s no such thing as Martians – at least until a flying saucer crash-lands near his home. And then he starts to hear a voice, asking for help. Desperate to be as brave as his older bother Obie – who passed away over a year ago – Mylo investigates the crash. What he ends up discovering is more about friendship and the universe than he ever could have imagined.
Mylo’s life was turned upside down when his brother Obie died. His Mum and Dad just aren’t the same and he is plagued by nightmares, with grief constantly threatening to overwhelm him. Mylo’s best friend Dibs is thankfully a great distraction, often staying over to escape his own difficult home life. Together, they are obsessed with comics and science-fiction, in particular Superman and discussing potential impending Martian invasion. So when a real life UFO crash lands in the farm down the road, they know its up to them to investigate. Mylo cannot ignore the voice calling for help, little realising that the decisions he now makes will change all their lives.
The Truth about Martians is not so much a story about discovering aliens; it’s a story about discovering your courage and the power of friendship. Mylo is a great character with a truly believable voice. His friendship with Dibs is so full of warmth it’s palpable, brought to life with humourous dialogue and pure heart. Despite their various difficult family issues, they are typical boys complete with smelly feet jokes; bravado (Dibs); admiration for summer visitor Gracie Delgado (Mylo) and shared irritation with older boys, Diego and Spuds. This convincing cast of characters and the fast-paced plot create a thoroughly engaging story. Mylo doesn’t just find out the truth about Martians; he finds the truth about himself as he comes to terms with the loss of his older brother. He also realises that his best friend Dibs really needs his help and that people are not always what they seem. Mylo discovers he has the power to help heal not just himself but those he loves – and help a Martian in distress. Courage isn’t always obvious and being brave doesn’t always look like Superman; The Truth about Martians highlights this sentiment brilliantly and leaves you feeling totally uplifted.
I will be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Truth about Martians this week. See below for details about the tour starting tomorrow!
The Truth about Martians by Melissa Savage is out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House) recommended for children aged 9+.
With thanks to Chicken House for sending me this book to review.