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Homestead: A New Life on Mars
Homestead: A New Life on Mars
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Homestead: A New Life on Mars

Belle Song just wants to go home. She doesn't understand why her family had to move to Mars. The new family farm is in the middle of nowhere. It's dirty, the animals smell, and the people in town aren't very friendly. Worst of all, she misses her friends back on Earth. At least her android, Melody, tries to keep her company. Will Belle learn to enjoy her new life on Mars? Will she be able to make new friends with the alien kids at her school? This Redworld sci-fi tale will capture readers' imaginations and keep them turning the page to follow Belle's adventures on the red planet.

GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 3-5
Interest LevelGrades 3-8
Lexile Level650L
ATOS Level4.6
AR Points4.6
AR Quiz #189432
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherStone Arch Books
Page Count128
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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School Library Connection - Susan Black, Educational Reviewer, Arlee, Montanta

"Readers will be drawn in to Belle’s adventures as they follow along with her and will want to keep reading to the end. Each book has several full-page illustrations depicting scenes and characters in the story, and each begins with an illustrated summary of the characters—human, android, and alien—and a map to help readers picture the lay of the land." - School Library Connection

May 1, 2018

VOYA - Barbara Johnston

"These easy-to-read novels contain both scientific facts about Mars—its climate, calendar, etc.—and science-fictional possibilities, such as programmable house windows and personal androids. . . .Middle school students will identify with the conflicts in Belle’s journal entries and relish the harrowing adventures in each book. A glossary, a list of Mars terms, and discussion questions encourage classroom use, and the theme of understanding between diverse cultures is both timely and relevant." - VOYA

December 1, 2017

A.L. Collins

A.L. Collins

A.L. Collins learned a lot about writing from her teachers at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She has always loved reading science fiction stories about other worlds and strange aliens. She enjoys creating and writing about new worlds, as well as envisioning what the future might look like. Since writing Redworld, she has collected a map of Mars that hangs in her living room and a rotating model of the red planet, which sits on her desk. When not writing, Collins enjoys spending her spare time reading and playing board games with her family. She lives near Seattle, Washington with her husband and five dogs.

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