The Truth About Martians
A boy and his best friends set out to discover the aliens who crash-landed next to their Roswell, New Mexico, farm in this charming novel packed with adventure and heart, perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish and Jennifer L. Holm's The Fourteenth Goldfish.
Mylo never really believed in Martians, unless they had a starring role in one of his comic books. But then a flying saucer crash-lands next to his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch, and he starts to hear voices--like someone is asking for his help.
With his best friend Dibs and crush Gracie by his side, and his Cracker Jack superhero membership card, a slingshot, and a small American flag--for peace--in tow, Mylo sets out on an epic adventure to investigate the crash and find the Martians. But he and his friends end up discovering more about the universe than they ever could have imagined.
In the summer of 1947, a flying saucer crashes near 11-year-old Mylo Hildago's family ranch outside Roswell, N.M. Mylo and his best friend, Dibs, investigate the crash site, but Mylo doesn't believe in Martians until a voice contacts him telephathically, asking for help. Mylo, who narrates, has other things on his mind: his brother, Obie, who died at age 12, "one year, one month, eight days" ago; his dramatic impatience to hit puberty; and Graciela ("my Lois Lane"), on whom he has a crush. Savage (Lemons) beautifully balances Mylo's intense sorrow about Obie's death with plenty of adventure and stinky-feet jokes. Mylo's friendship with Dibs is heartwarming and genuine, rooted in comic books and constant companionship. As the friends embark on their quest to save the Martians, Savage keeps the story grounded in real-world, terrestrial challenges: how best to summon courage and embrace new beginnings. Ages 8 12.