Lill and Mewe and the Secrets of Mars

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
126 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2013
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

"Lill and Mewe" was written by Jean E. Lane. In this tale we meet Lill and her cat Mewe. While using her new telescope, Lill saw planet Earth. She and Mewe travel to Earth in her father’s space ship. While there they make a friend of an Earthling, Lily. Meanwhile, back on planet Mars, Lill’s brother Merak was in trouble. While on a mission his ship lost warp drive and he had to be rescued. Lil and Mewe’s adventures continue with Mewe in a swim race and Lill finding something beautiful in the wall of a cave. The orbs are very important as they contain the thoughts of Martians from long, long ago. The orbs are filled with important information about advance technologies.

I enjoyed the way the author mixed fact and fiction to create a book that will teach and entertain at the same time. The author has created a language for Martians which is a bit different from what we speak on Earth but it is very understandable. I think my favorite character in this book is Mewe, the cat. We wonder what fun it would be If all our pets could talk with us. This charming book will encourage children to like science; they will learn about planets, stars and moons. This book will work well for children in the 2nd grade through 6th grade. The illustrations are cute and add much to the plot.

Janet Beasley

Lill and Mewe is an adorable, educational, exciting and just plain fun space adventure!

Lill and her Martian family live on Mars - but the catch is, everyone lives underground. When she receives a telescope for her birthday she discovers the planet earth. She and her talking cat, Mewe, decide to "borrow" dad's space ship project, the Whisper 5, and see what they can find out about earth. Lill's brother, Merak, also takes out on his own mission and the story begins to twist and turn when his warp drive safety fails. While on her adventure Lill finds a glowing orb that holds the thoughts of ancient Martians from hundreds of years prior. Lill is a-buzz with excitement as she tries to find many answers in a world of advanced computers, androids, and artificial intelligence.

I thought the author did an amazing job of mixing fact with fiction in this children's book. You've heard of historical fiction? Well get ready to experience sci-fi fact fiction. I really enjoy the way the Martian kids talk. For instance, instead of saying things are "awesome" as kids do on earth, the Martian kids respond with the word "amaze." I also feel that the talking cat made complete sense in this book simply because Mewe, the cat, is from Mars. Mewe's dialogue will have you smiling - especially if you're a cat owner.

I highly recommend this book for kids ranging in age from 8-12 as it's right up the science alley regarding planets, stars, and moons - the stuff this age group is truly into - and learning all the while they are being entertained.

All in all - I give this little beaut of a book a 5 star rating for several reasons: the author's knowledge on the subject, her ability to write quality work, the presentation being such that you learn while you're entertained, and keeping it at a good size page-wise for younger hands.

Way to go Jean E. Lane! You've gained a new fan in me.