Invaders from Mars

The Adventures of Joaquim and Eduardo

Children - Action
450 Pages
Reviewed on 09/29/2015
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Author Biography

I'm a film and television director, editor and writer.
My works include the feature film "Os xeretas" (aka X kids), the drama-series "9mm São Paulo" (Fox Television), a children's series, "Disney Cruj" (Disney Channel and SBT network), and 5 short-subject films.
"Invaders from Mars" is my first released book and it is part of a series of stories inspired by authors such as João Carlos Marinho ("The criminal mastermind"/O gênio do crime), the children's book-series of the 70's called "Firefly Collection" (Coleção Vagalume), and many classics of youth literature.
The story will bring back to young readers, the pleasure of investigation and deduction, with a plot that takes place at a time when there were no mobiles, personal computers were only seen in science fiction movies and, to have fun, was enough to leave home to hang out with mates to play ball, ride a bike or...
Getting into trouble!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite

Invaders from Mars: The Adventures of Joaquim and Eduardo by Michael Ruman is a children's adventure tale that follows the strange and mysterious life of 11-year-old Joaquim and his best friend Eduardo. The story begins in 1969 with Joaquim certain of an alien invasion of Earth. But Eduardo is less convinced of the Martians' plans, so the two boys begin an adventure to find clues of aliens on Earth. The boys unwittingly stumble upon a real invasion plan of Earth and it is up to them to stop Sergeant Gomes and the rest of Earth's enemies. Can the boys stop the Martian invasion? Or will the aliens prove too strong to let a complex invasion plan be foiled by two preteen boys?

One thing that readers will appreciate about this story is the simplistic nature of this book. Because the setting is 1969, readers are thrust into a world without cell phones or video games or iPods, or any other electronic device. This was a refreshing aspect of the story. The main characters must use deductive reasoning to discover the truth about the alien invasion and can't rely on the Internet to solve their problems for them. This is a fun, cute mystery, with a lot of interesting clues that kids will really appreciate and understand. Parents can also be happy with the message of this story and feel good that their children are reading a nice, clean story that is educational as well as entertaining.

João Rosa de Castro

Thank you, Janelle.

I appreciate your review and thank you for realizing it's actually clean and clear for children and their parents.