Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
304 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2019
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Author Biography

K.J. Kruk, an award-winning visual artist, is both the author and illustrator of Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse. Kruk is also well-known in academia for the discovery of a spiral galaxy, the identification of coordinates leading to a verifiable rip in the fabric of time, and most recently, for the excavation of bones from an unknown alien species dating back to 9,600 BCE.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk is a fun science fiction adventure for young readers. It’s set in the future in a time when average Earth citizens dream of living in a super hi-tech city on the moon. A school has been established there for all of Earth’s most gifted students to study and learn to use their gifts for the betterment of mankind. The main character, Leo Gray, is fortunate enough to obtain a ticket to go to the Lunar city despite the misgivings of his father. Soon, he begins his studies in the exclusive moon school where he meets lots of interesting characters including a new circle of quirky friends. Leo also finds trouble as he and his friends learn what happens on the dark side of the moon.

Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse is written with lots of colorful descriptive language by K.J. Kruk. The author has a way with words, keeping every scene interesting by including quirky details about characters and their setting. Leo and his friends are a fun bunch of characters to root for. The story has its fair share of villainous characters as well that are appropriately dark, but never to the point of being frightening. Harry Potter fans will enjoy following Leo Gray and his friends as they navigate the futuristic school that reminded me of Hogwarts. The unusual school boasts robot teachers and holographic decorations that come alive and transform the campus for every special event. Young readers will find much to love in Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse.

Debby E

The young reader will be amazed at the journey Leo takes into outer space, but as an older reader, my favorite part was Leo's family life. Mr. Gray with his Minutes and Widgets shop of eclectic antiques from the past, and his refusal to deal with the future - or the present, for that matter, is intriguing. Mrs. Gray is very comical, plotting and conniving behind Mr. Gray's back, because he is a belligerent old fool. I would love to read more about this family. Hats off to KJ Kruk for her creativity - both in the story and the pictures.

Mrs. Strom

Thank you Readers' Favorite for this recommendation. My fifth graders are in love with it!


I found this book to be imaginative and, overall, fun. I enjoyed the illustrations provided by the author. It will bring young readers into a future world where they can go to school on the moon and coexist with robots. Many mysteries and hints that the storyline has only just begun! A good recommendation for any fifth or sixth grade student.