Boon on the Moon

The Booniverse

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
216 Pages
Reviewed on 02/04/2020
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Author Biography

John Huddles is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and director.
In Boon On The Moon, the first book from The Booniverse, John extends his love of sci-fi / fantasy into storytelling for the page instead of the screen.

John is a graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, as well as Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C. and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island — where he was editor-in-chief of the school’s student magazine and was named one of Brown’s first ever Undergraduate Writing Fellows.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Boon on the Moon is a work of children’s fiction focused on science fiction and space travel, penned by author John Huddles as part of The Booniverse. The central titular character is Byron ‘Boon’ Barnett, a highly imaginative boy who is often told off for getting carried away by his own overactive thoughts and excitable temperament. But when Boon gets to board a rocket ship and move with his family to a new lunar colony called Cosmopolis, excitement is the order of the day. That is until Boon realizes that a huge disaster is brewing, one which will see him face life or death challenges to save his brand new homeland.

Author John Huddles has a great sense of what will captivate middle-grade readers in this fun and high-octane adventure novel, especially for those extra-active and rambunctious boys who usually wouldn’t want to sit down and read a book. Byron ‘Boon’ Barnett represents his audience well, and the narrative is chock-full of fun moments of Boon getting into trouble and getting totally carried away with the adventure of it all. But the plot is also well balanced, and it gradually develops into a strong story with high stakes consequences and plenty of new ideas to discover once readers are invested in the events unfolding. I liked the overall message and what Boon and his behavior represent, and the space-age world in which the story is set is sure to be a hit. Overall, Boon on the Moon is a fantastic tale for MG readers to devour.

Rabia Tanveer

Boon on the Moon: The Booniverse by John Huddles is an incredible children’s story filled with action, adventure, and an awesome hero. Byron, a.k.a. Boon, is a normal 10-year-old who enjoys his days playing games and loves his parents. Sure he has an active imagination, but which 10-year-old doesn’t? He has an adopted big brother, a pesky robot for a friend, and they will be moving to a new colony soon, so you can imagine that Boon has nothing to complain about. The new colony is Cosmopolis and he cannot wait to start living there. However, Boon soon realizes that danger is heading to Cosmopolis and he tries his best to warn the people. When no one believes Boon, he knows that he has to do something to save his new home. But does he have what it takes to be a hero?

Captivating and charismatic, this is a great work of fiction for tweens and even a younger audience. Boon is an exceptionally well-crafted central character; he is smart, active and has a wild imagination. This is perhaps one of the very few children’s novels that actually have a strong storyline, well-thought-out characters, incredible pace, and a good ending. It is clear from the get-go that this story is for kids looking for adventures that make them happy, motivated and give a boost to their imagination. The descriptions are rich, the imagery is vivid and Boon is a character that will give kids a confidence boost to believe in themselves and be sure of their intelligence. I am sure Middle School students will devour it in a single sitting.

Lit Amri

Ten-year-old Byron 'Boon' Barnett lives with his family in Arizona. His adventurous nature and overactive imagination often land him into trouble and arguments with his robot, José Ignacio. His biggest dream comes true when his family moves to the Moon due to his father's job assignment. Byron is more than ready to enjoy his life as one of the 'Lunarites' in the lunar colony of Cosmopolis. Unfortunately, a catastrophe of cosmic proportions is coming their way. Byron's family always gets him out of trouble, so now it's his turn to help them. Will he succeed? Boon On The Moon is an exciting children's sci-fi tale by John Huddles, the first book in The Booniverse series.

John Huddles's Boon On The Moon is whimsical and fun. This highly imaginative sci-fi story and its well-developed plot have all the right ingredients to engage its targeted readers from start to finish. Described as “a disaster-magnet on Planet Earth” by his mother, Byron’s constant arguments with José Ignacio are part of the comical moments as the robot is almost like a stern nanny whose advice often goes unheeded. But when the time comes for these two 'frenemies' to work together in critical situations, they are quite the team. Despite his proneness to trouble, kids can definitely relate to Byron's adventurous streak. Curious, intuitive, bravery, generous, teamwork and quick-witted, these are traits that young readers can learn while enjoying themselves in this roller-coaster space adventure. So what's next for the young protagonist? The last chapters indicate that the trouble doesn't stop for fearless Boon Barnett. Overall, a fantastic first tale from the Booniverse.