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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Loxy and his sister Lana live on a far away planet. They and their parents, along with four other families, were sent there to determine if the planet could support life and, if so, to build a colony. Loxy and Lana, as well as the others on this planet, are what are called merged humans. This means that they have human and animal DNA merged together. One day, the parents all disappear and it is up to the kids to find out what has happened. They must also find out the truths of the world outside their small planet that their parents have hidden from them throughout their lives. Loxy Quum and the Merge Experiment is science fiction, but there are morals and lessons in the story that can be applied to real life. Ricky Mon does a wonderful job to attract the attention of readers by merging the science fiction angle with the moral and ethical issues.
Loxy Quum and the Merge Experiment is a young adult book, but I definitely feel it could be read by Middle School children. In fact, I think it might be a great book to read in school. While the story is science fiction, there is real life application. You can trace the treatment of the merged humans back to slavery and more in history. This is what would make this book work well in a school setting for kids. While they get a fun story, they also learn about the real life impact of discrimination. Ricky Mon takes some tough ideas in discrimination and puts them into a story that most pre-teens and teens would enjoy reading. This is a win-win book, and something that teachers would be pleased to take a look at and possibly use as a teaching tool.