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First sentence In a fiery blaze That s how they show themselves for the very first time It s not like a Martian invasion is the first thing I think of when I see it, because I m not crazy But it s definitely the second.Premise plot Mylo Affinito stars in Melissa Savage s The Truth About Martians This one is set near Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947 Mylo witnesses a fiery blaze in the sky he knows it couldn t be lightning He knows that his very best friend, Dibs, would think it MARTIANS But is it It may just be worth investigating in the light of day And that s just what they do Dibs, Mylo, Gracie, and a few other kids What will they find in a farmer s field Though Mylo is not looking for it he may just find his missing courage part My thoughts I was expecting a humorous adventure story I was not expecting a character driven novel with HEART AND SOUL But that is exactly what I got This is a compelling coming of age novel with well developed characters that you can t help loving.I love Mylo I love Dibs I love Mylo and Dibs I ached for both of them I did I was cheering for them both There were other characters that I loved as well.I love the honesty of this one Mylo has grown up in a religious spiritual family The family attends church weekly and prays often throughout the day as a family But since his older brother died, Mylo has felt out of sorts How could God let his brother die Why didn t God answer his prayers to heal his brother Throughout the book, Mylo struggles with his faith But this struggle feels honest and genuine Mylo LAMENTS I recently read a book about laments the steps of lamenting and how healthy it is to lament in response to grief or loss The book features Christianity in a way that is not preachy.The book addresses some big questions why am I here how should I live what does it mean to love your neighbor The truth about this book is that I wanted to enjoy this bookthan I did It took me about halfway through the book to actually start enjoying it before that I would read a page and fall asleep.I loved the author s previous book Lemons and this book has some of that same spirit the story takes a long time to gain momentum which is why it doesn t get the same rating as Lemons. 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 GoldfishMylo 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 HelpWith 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 About The Universe Than They Ever Could Have Imagined The Truth About Martians by Melissa Savage, 317 pages Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018 17.Language G 4 swears, 0 f Content G Violence GBUYING ADVISORY EL ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGE When a flying saucer crashes into a field in Corona NM in 1947, Mylo is called on by the surviving Martians for help He and his friends, Dibs and Gracie, seek and find the survivors and a whole lot of trouble The Army Air Force doesn t want the public to think a flying saucer has crashed into a local field, but Mylo has already felt the loss of a much loved brother and cannot bear the plea for help without trying He and his friend Dibs and crush Gracie decide to investigate Who they find is each other, adults in their town, and an extraterrestrial family In the series of events that unfold, heroes are made, courage is awakened, friendships are grown, families are loved, lives are awakened, and worlds become closer that imagined.This book touches on the pain and loss of death in positive and real ways The gray catches and takesthan we know, but love and friendship can bring the color back to life The Truth About Aliens is a great story that mirrors history with mystery and friendship with family I choose to believe in aliens, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster By Clara Picketthttps 20 E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMylo lives with his parents and baby sister near Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 His best friend, Dibs, is obsessed with Martians and comics, especially Planet Comics The two boys spend a lot of time together, since Dibs mother left home and his father is not coping well Mylo has lost his brother Obie and also has trouble coping with his grief When there is a huge, sudden flash of light in the sky one night, Mylo is sure it is a Martian flying saucer landing, and with the help of his friends Gracie on whom he has a crush and Diego, he finds the crashed spaceship and an alien Of course, the army is ready to come and take away the wreckage for study, but Mylo manages to help the alien escape and hide her His parents don t quite believe him, of course, and since the entire community is perturbed by the event and doesn t believe that it was really weather balloons, they think it s just his way of dealing with the things that have gone on in his life Mylo and his friends know better, and do what they can to help, especially since the aliens manage to communicate with Mylo telepathically.Strengths As she did in Lemons, Savage does an excellent job of including details of life at this time, from overalls and hankies to Aqua Velva and church picnics She also provides a good picture of the residents of a community, and shows how they work together in interesting ways, from Mylo s mother delivering bread to a neighbor to how Dibs situation is finally resolved Weaknesses The reason for Obie s death, and Mylo s grief about it as well as the grief of a neighbor for the loss of his family , take up a lot of the story and slows it down In 1947, almost everyone would have lost neighbors, relatives and community members in the war and might have been a bitresilient There probably wasn t a lot of grief counseling available, but Mylo certainly needed some What I really think This reminded me a little of Mark Teague s The Doom Machine 2009 which I can t get to circulate even though it s shiny I may wait to purchase this one even though the 1947 Roswell setting is fabulous. This children s story was a real mixed bag, in my opinion On one hand, it did an excellent job in dealing with friendship, grief, neighborly concern, God and faith Moreover, it encouraged writing as a method of dealing with sad feelings On the other hand, it had too much of what would be considered gross boy stuff, and the character of Dibs waslike a caricature in the beginning of the story Those two things are minor, though, compared to what I thought was the main problem of the book it is encouraging children to believe in conspiracy theories Author Melissa Savage takes conspiracy ideas that have been around for decades about the Roswell, New Mexico UFO incident in the 1940s, which all have been debunked, and makes them seem legitimate in this book At least one person involved in the real Roswell incident is a character in this story, too Now, years ago, I likely would have had little problem with a children s story of this nature, but not today Critical thinking is obviously not being taught in many schools any longer, and many adults are also obviously lacking in the ability to think critically I m not talking about critical thinking as defined by scientist, but critical thinking that involves ceasing to believe things when there is a lot of evidence that what is being believed is not true That pertains to both things and people So many individuals in current times appear to believe that whatever they want to believe is the truth Children are learning from this, too Believe whatever you want and disregard any facts that contradict your beliefs In this book, the military is seen as evil and desperate to cover up the fact that aliens have landed on the Earth One high ranking soldier even threatens children, getting right in their faces At least one child is manhandled The two retired military officers in the story are seen as good and kind, and had to leave the military because they were good and kind Children lie to protect an alien and are encouraged to do so by adults Since quite a few characters have Mexican surnames, it s hard not to wonder if this story is also actually an illegal alien one incognito Decades ago, such a view of the military might have been accepted without question by many Today, however, it s the military that seems to be the trying to prevent abuse of power in this country It s the military that seems rational For example, the military has had little interest in having a parade showing off their hot stuff, a parade that the President of the United States wants A president who constantly abuses power, lies and believes in conspiracy theories It was a retired Navy admiral who recently condemned the president for acting like a dictator and for embarrassing us in the eyes of our children.In addition, it s interesting to note that while the military and military officers in this story are bad , the Catholic church and the local priest are good Abuse of children by Catholic priests in the 1940s has been documented That s not to suggest that all priest, past and present, should be suspect, or that the Catholic church is bad , but it s interesting to note where Melissa Savage is coming from Her author description states that she loves to learn and write about the mystery of cryptozoology for children Okay, but is encouraging children to decide for yourself about a possible UFO crash in Roswell, as she does on her website, and writing a children book obviously supportive of Roswell conspiracy theories, the same as encouraging children to wonder if the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot are real creatures somewhere out there I would say it s not the same Nessie and Bigfoot are imagined to be earthly creatures that possibly mankind does not know about Roswell was a real incident in the 1940s involving a nuclear test surveillance balloon, and also involving aliens and conspiracy theories that have been debunked Children are thus being encouraged to disregard any and all debunking, and to think whatever they want about the matter They are being encouraged to believe people who make up things, people who lie The only adults I have ever met who intensely believe in aliens are those who are alienated from the human race The only adults I know who constantly lie are living a lie of one sort or another They do not want to deal with their addictions or secret lives or whatever, and want others to believe their lies, as well as lies bigger than the ones they tell There s some difference, of course, in how children think and believe Children often create fantasies because they need those fantasies to help them survive their childhood years They don t have the power of adulthood to change their lives Fantasy is fine, encouraging children to wonder and study if life exists on other planets is fine, but encouraging children to believe in conspiracy theories about real incidents is not Especially not in this century Note I received a free ARC of this book fromVine. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I m worried it s not going to get the recognition it deserves The cover and title are very much fitting with the story, but I m not sure its going to sell it The science fiction genre always comes in last place in student interest surveys and this book looks 100% science fiction Kids today run from the word martian like the plague Unless the librarian talks up this book, kids will never know that it s based on a true event that occurred near Roswell New Mexico In 1947 an official from the Army Air Force Base announced that they had recovered a flying saucer The story appeared on the cover of every major newspaper Several days later, the story was retracted, and to this day has caused speculation about what the military really found.Many people, including ones who were kids at the time, claim to have seen the flying saucer up close Savage s story is a fictional account of what might have happened The best way to describe it is It meets E T. It because there is a comical group of 5 kids who journey out to the crash site to investigate, and E T. because an alien ends up following one of the boys and he becomes responsible for protecting it and helping it get home.All that makes for a cool story, but what s most incredible about this book is how well Savage describes the perspective of kids in 1947 Superhero comics and westerns were priority 1 A Coke and Cracker Jacks were consumed as often as spare change allowed Spit was important, especially for hair fixes and the spit handshake Surprises in cereal boxes did what they said they would do i.e detect radiation Every kid s job was to invent crazy theories about everything Becoming a baseball player was every kid s dream Dogs got cool names like Clark Kent Going to church on Sunday was as sure as going to school The character development is off the charts and here s a few quotes to prove it.About God If he s not going to listen to me, then I m done listening to Him That s why we don t talk any Not even in church on Sundays But I fake it for Momma s sake If she knew I wasn t speaking to God, I d be saying Hail Mary until she was good and sure my soul was back on track toward heavenly salvation Spit promise I take a deep breath and gather up all the spit in my mouth Then I hock a good one in the center of my palm and slap my sloppy hand against his About cereal box prizes You should ve sent in for one of those Atomic Bomb Rings They detect radioactive material, Spuds informs Dibs I don t think it detects the radiation, Diego says Sure does, Dibs pipes up The air was so thick with radiation, the ring couldn t even read it That s how I know it was working The way the kids talk and interact is just like the kids in It and Stand By Me, both written by Stephen King, a master storyteller I truly hope people discover this book If I could givethan 5 stars I would. I was impressed with this author s first book, Lemons, and also enjoyed this one Both are strong in their development of characters and time and place but especially in delving into topics not typically explored in books for young readers In this one, Mylo Affinito and his best friend, Dibs Butte simply adore comic books and stories about superheroes and aliens When a mysterious spacecraft lands near Mylo s ranch in Roswell, New Mexico, the boys decide to check out the site They are accompanied by some other boys and Gracie Delgado, on whom Mylo has a crush Mylo is tortured by his inability to save his beloved older brother Obie, who died a year ago, and when he hears cries for help, he knows he must act, no matter the cost He ends up befriending an alien, Moon Shadow, and trying to help her ailing brother Science fiction fans may enjoy this one a lot as they watch Mylo, his family, and some of their neighbors go up against the United States military and the government s desire to keep all this a secret from the general public An Author s Note makes the entire story seem a lotbelievable than it might have been otherwise and might prompt some readers to regard what s high up in the sky overhead a little bit differently The author also includes references to the abuse that Dibs is dealing with at home and how his neighbors try not to get involved until they simply have no other choice At first I was surprised that the author had chosen to set the book way back in 1947, but after reading it, I understood why, even while appreciating all the details she included to put readers back in time for instance, references to Aqua Velva, Bing Crosby, Clark Kent, Cracker Jacks, and Bit O Honey Spuds s lame jokes add to the humor, and the fear the youngsters have toward the unknown is offset by their curiosity to find outI m not sure I could buy all that Gracie was able to accomplish through her military connections or that the youngsters could have gotten away with all they did, but I surely did enjoy the journey The fact that Mylo no longer believes in God now that his brother has died and he considers his prayers to be unanswered adds another interesting layer to the book It s possible that there s too much going on in this book for the typical reader, but I know it will find its niche and be a favorite for some. I had problems with this book I wanted to believe.And I was supposed to believe that there was extraterrestrial life.But, my gosh, it was like pulling teeth On one hand we had Mylo mourning his brother s death Then we had his friends, hanging around with him, quoting comic books, and the token smart girl.Once we finally established that there was indeed a spaceship and an alien, we had had to go back and forth, and argue, and discuss.I thought, perhaps, martians might parallel his love for his dead older brother, and the story hinted at that, then turned, and left us in the desert.Too much talking, too little action.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review. Melissa Savage writes stories about otherworldy creatures bigfoots, martians and human loss In my opinion, this book isn t as good as her first novel, LEMONS, but it is full of well crafted characters and descriptions She throws in a twist every time the story begins to meander And I enjoyed all of the references to things from days gone by, like Superman on the radio, black and white Flash Gordon serials, and Kellogg s cereal with pep