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The Lion of Mars



by
Jennifer L. Holm

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Knopf
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780593121825
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Blast off with New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning Jennifer L. Holm’s out-of-this-world new novel about a kid raised on Mars who learns that he can’t be held back by the fears of the grown-ups around him.

Bell has spent his whole life—all eleven years of it—on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid - he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell—a regular kid in a very different world—to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet.

Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can’t help but feel like home.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

272

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4: points 6

Lexile

530L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Friendship. Adventure. Science fiction. Mars. Habitats and settlements. Diplomacy. Viruses and illness.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Eleven-year-old Bell is the youngest resident of the American settlement on Mars. Along with the older kids—like Bell, all orphans transported from Earth—and the settlement’s adult staff, Bell spends his days in a colony constructed within the lava tunnels of Mars, going to class, working on the algae farm, cleaning up dust, and staying far away from the French, Finnish, Chinese, and Russian settlements, which are firmly off limits following a fatal rover accident many years earlier. Bell is closest to Leo, the settlement’s cat, and Phinneus, who oversees the farming operations, and he misses fourteen-year-old Trey, who seems to be avoiding him in an effort to fit in with the older kids. When a disease carried by stowaway mice on a supply ship infects all the settlement’s adults, Bell and Trey team up to seek out help from the other settlements, and discover that the Americans have cut themselves off from a vibrant community of international settlers over a series of misunderstandings. The kids’ determination to stay in touch with their new friends brings fundamental changes to life on Mars. Although the messages are less subtle, and more pointed, than in some of Holm’s (Full of Beans, rev. 7/16) previous books, the well-wrought setting, including thoughtful depiction of lowish-tech Martian life, and a strong cast of well-developed characters make for an intriguing and compelling read. SARAH RETTGER

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Eleven-year-old Bell is the youngest resident of the American settlement on Mars. Along with the older kids—like Bell, all orphans transported from Earth—and the settlement’s adult staff, Bell spends his days in a colony constructed within the lava tunnels of Mars, going to class, working on the algae farm, cleaning up dust, and staying far away from the French, Finnish, Chinese, and Russian settlements, which are firmly off limits following a fatal rover accident many years earlier. Bell is closest to Leo, the settlement’s cat, and Phinneus, who oversees the farming operations, and he misses fourteen-year-old Trey, who seems to be avoiding him in an effort to fit in with the older kids. When a disease carried by stowaway mice on a supply ship infects all the settlement’s adults, Bell and Trey team up to seek out help from the other settlements, and discover that the Americans have cut themselves off from a vibrant community of international settlers over a series of misunderstandings. The kids’ determination to stay in touch with their new friends brings fundamental changes to life on Mars. Although the messages are less subtle, and more pointed, than in some of Holm’s (Full of Beans, rev. 7/16) previous books, the well-wrought setting, including thoughtful depiction of lowish-tech Martian life, and a strong cast of well-developed characters make for an intriguing and compelling read. SARAH RETTGER

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