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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Aoleon The Martian Girl by Brent LeVasseur

Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 First Contact (Middle Grade Science Fiction Fantasy Adventure Graphic Novel Chapter Book for Kids and Parents), Author: Brent LeVasseur

Greetings from Mars!
We would like to introduce you to Brent LeVasseur’s sci-fi YA/MG novel, Aoléon The Martian Girlwhich is well — out of this world.  This is not unexpected because Brent is an intergalactic space traveler himself.

Publisher's Synopsis:
Mars wants our cows (yes, cows!), and they're sending an invasion fleet to take them from us. Only Gilbert and Aoleon the Martian Girl stand in their way!
Gilbert always longed for adventure, but now that he has it, he's not sure that it's everything it's cracked up to be. Ever since the night he met Aoleon the Martian Girl sitting in the middle of a crop circle in Farmer Johnson's field, it's been nothing but one wild ride after another.
From fighting off swarms of giant killer robots to dealing with strange aliens from another world – never mind trekking across the vast Martian desert and skyboarding deep into the center of a (hopefully) extinct volcano – Gilbert has had his hands full just trying to keep up with it all. And now it's up to him and his new friend, Aoleon, to face off against the evil Martian overlord and keep our cows safe at home where they belong.
The launch of this exciting and innovatively illustrated new series takes the reader deep into the heart of an unforgettable and out-of-this-world friendship in a story full of hijinks, hilarity, and good old-fashioned fun. Join Gilbert and Aoleon in this exciting middle-grade science fiction adventure today!

MrsK's Review:
Aoleon is just out for a solo flight before taking her "flying" exam. She adores the freedom, she enjoys zooming close to objects, she likes being creative with her "crop" designs. Earth is her playground.

Gilbert can't help but wonder if his recurring dreams are linked to his neighbor's mysterious crop-circle formations. With sleep being evasive, Gilbert heads to his telescope. With all of the fighting downstairs he wishes:
"Please send me an angel to take me away from here."

Zipping and zooming with excitement, Aoleon descends while the "stars twinkle a little brighter as if performing a dance, and the lights from the cities below resembled a sea filled with glowing phosphorescence." Giggling with delight she began crafting her newest designs. With geometric patterns, she merges the "languages of art with mathematics" as a message to the Terraians...
"I am here... I am intelligent...
and I am not of this Earth!"

Back in Nebraska, Gilbert notices that a star is increasing in size... everything has gone quiet except the "thumping" of his heart. Once outside, he trips (literally) into an out of this world journey with a girl... who is blue! 

Gilbert is not the only one who noticed that odd star entering his back yard... McConnell Air Force Base has a fighter in the sky. His neighbor Farmer Johnson, who believes a shotgun is the only way to get trespassers off his farm, enters his field. In need of protection, Aolean raises her arms... and... well lets just say Gilbert begins his journey by accidentally releasing a "fire blast" of a zero-point energy field around each of Farmer Johnson's cows.

Once in the air, multiple events begin to unfold. Angry Dog, the air force interceptor encounters flying cows... yep... cows in the sky. Not so friendly missiles are locking onto their marks. A global chase begins as a series of events reigns down on Terra... giant shock waves... huge avalanches... "rooster-tail" explosions of water... a President in a bathrobe... civilian bystanders "hitting the ground"... and Aoleon's mother calling her home for the "evening consumption."
Will Aoleon and Gilbert be the "chosen" team that could stop the invasion of Terra? Will the Luminon conquer Terra and her milk cows? Is Gilbert only dreaming...     
 Book Two

"Whoohooo!' Gilbert cheered as he ran and jumped high into the air using his newly found power of his suit
combined with the slightly lessened gravity of Mars...
He had almost superhuman strength and speed."

Gilbert quickly discovers how exciting, and yet, how disturbing life can be when conversations... music... how-to shows... and personal thoughts are beamed directly into your brain. Can you imagine that constant noise and chaos playing out in your mind 24/7? Now consider meeting the most powerful and influential person on Mars. For Gilbert the introduction to Luminess was like a "television signal that suddenly was interrupted." He will not enjoy the telepathic beckoning, it can only lead to an increasing threat of being discovered. Once Aoleon "views" his disturbing encounter, a plan is launched to discover the truth about what is happening within the Luminon's Palace. Who can they get to help them uncover the threatening plans of the Luminess?

Meet Bizwat, he appears to be a Saturn Pizza delivery guy, a very serious job that you don't mess around with... especially if you know what any Procyron might do to you! How will Bizwat help Gilbert and Aoleon? Well... let's just assume he isn't going to simply drop off the pizza... and let's just assume he will gather information from those whom seriously enjoy Saturn Pizza.

There are "out-of-this-world" discoveries for Gilbert. He learns what a playful creature Zoot can be. He must learn how to balance on the bubble ball (especially if he wants to eat or not cause a problem in the classroom). And then there is the little concept of the fifth form of matter. Evidently, Earth science is not "advanced enough to have discovered" this form of matter. The most dangerous discovery will be the realization that with any telepathic connection... there is "absolute transparency in communication." That means there is no way anyone can lie... "because everyone else would know it immediately." 
What would a school day look like on Mars? How do you learn? What are Martian bullies like? What about sports... what is Psi-ball? What is phasing?
"As Gilbert grabbed her arm, he felt as if he were being sucked underwater...
He saw stars, and then everything went dark.
For a moment or for an eternity...
he was trapped in an infinite void..."  
 Book 3
Near the top of the Supreme Council of Twelve, the Luminon's main throne room provides not only a spectacular view but a way in! Staying calm is a must for Gilbert, even when electrical-plasma discharges "jolt" him into action.

With entrance into the Citadel, neither Aoleon or Gilbert were ready for the deep secrets of the Luminon. Were they "hallucinating" the hybrid abominations that "scraped" across the floor? Will an invasion of Terra (yes..Earth) be lead by a devious plan (with-holding the milk supply) or will the Martian's rebel against such a ploy? Can Aoleon and Gilbert warn her father (who happens to manage the pumps at the Galactworks)? And... what did the Luminon shape-shift in to?

From one calamity to the next, Gilbert and Aoleon will be phasing in and out of danger. Stasis field paralysis, intense lazer beams, part mechanical-part martian creatures... zipping in space... onto moons... into caverns... and in to the presence of the notorious "party-poopers" of all time, the Draconians (also known as the Intergalactic bullies of the Universe).
"They prey upon fear.
You must transform your emotions.
Weakness will only embolden them."

Being "nullified" or eaten would not be the best scenario for Gilbert. So into action he goes, or rather he attempts. He knows that the only way to save his family, his friends, his Earth will be to join forces with Aoleon.  The Luminon must be stopped! 

Meanwhile on Earth the surviving Draconian spies are "locating all the major cow pastures and dairy production facilities (if you have cows... check into this conspiracy theory).

Book 4
According to Xiocrom, fraternizing with the outside world would in fact ruin your day. Could it really be true that "free thinkers" are viewed as threats to the government? Is inalienable liberty lost? Is "terror built into the system" of watchers, surveillance, sentinels, and imprisonment without due process?

Meanwhile, as Aoleon, Gilbert, and Bizwat return to the Martian Space Academy they discover a new message being programmed for all of the students:
"Today we face the most imminent threat to our Martian civilization 
and to our lives as we know them ----
What? Really? Is Luminon really launching an invasion force to capture Terran? Do you know what it will be like to "cross the Martian desert, sneak into heavily guarded military installations, by pass All sentinels... paladins... force fields... and do battle with Cerberus!"

In Washington D.C., the situation room is updating the President about Operation Majestic Twelve. Could protecting Americans really mean "nuking" Mars?  

 At the Johnson's farm, Farmer Johnson looks up to see a "swarm" of flying saucers... and... a huge, agile, stealthy, undetectable... Orifice of Destruction... Cerberus' Attackbot! This attackbot is bad, I mean it will "acquire and destroy all visible targets!" 

It will take many to help Aoleon and Gilbert reach their destination. With Bizwat and his expertise as a CQB nothing should stop them, nothing! Then there is Helios a first generation soldier bot. Chirons descendants from ancient Martian dinosaurs.  Zoot their devoted creature. And, the oldest and wisest Martian, Kyrios.  As they cross the vast Martian desert, the soaring mountains, the massive meteors, craters, and canyons... their quest will be successful if the heat doesn't get life threatening. If the Luminon's power doesn't turn their worst fears against them. If they learn to "harness" their psionic powers. And, if they learn to control the twelve density levels within their minds.

As a massive, swirling vortex of sand thunders, rolls, and pounds its way towards them... their only hope is a small cave in a cliff...
"... wherever thought goes, energy flows."

Book 5

Against the odds of the powerful Klyklon storm, oh.... and the little fright of a giant slor... everyone is ready and anxious to reach their destination. With a brief history about the Paa'Tal, Gilbert gets his first view of the Cydonia pyramid. Inside were "interconnected rooms, hangar bays, laboratories, and control rooms..." Including sentrybots and paladin security forces! Bizwat will have plenty of opportunities to show his "awesomesauce" as a special force to be reckoned with especially with a "disruptor beam rifle with an under-barrel nanoroid launcher."

With all of the pods sent through the stargate, the only option for destroying Xiocrom and saving Terran will be blowing up the Xiocrom hub. Which means they will need to be just about two-hundred-fifty Terran miles away when the demolition charges blow. Simple right?

Let the action begin! On Terran, the Situation Room is on high alert and watching thousands of "precious" dairy cows float away. Aoleon has "banked the saucer" towards Earth... The Luminon has threatened Terran and learned that their "bot invasion force," well... simply, isn't what it use to be. There are bovars within "psionic" bubbles floating in space. And...

Continue this journey with me as Aoleon and Gilbert "zip" us into a galactic journey beyond... your funny bone...
Zoom back often for continued coverage... 
Amazing "out of this world" adventures...
A must add to all 4-6 book shelves!
"I received this series for free for these reviews"

Meet the Author:
Brent LeVasseur Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

As for the illustrations, I did them all myself. It took me 12 years to teach myself how to do 3D modeling, rendering and animation. I have a somewhat lengthy youtube video on the subject where I show my image creation process. But basically every character, every building, every prop had to be designed, modeled and textured in 3D. This is why it took me 12 years to complete this project.

Title: Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 1 First Contact (Middle Grade Science Fiction Fantasy Adventure Graphic Novel Chapter Book for Kids and Parents), Author: Brent LeVasseur
We’re looking for parents, teachers and library luminaries to transmit to terra firma (that’s planet Earth) what Aoléon The Martian Girl is all about.  (Hint: she’s got psionic powers and the most gorgeous blue eyes!)

Her story comes in five parts — the action is just way too intense to pack into one volume.  The illustrations are so vivid you can just about climb right into them.

The author and illustrator, Brent LeVasseur, is offering you a FREE GALLEY COPY of Part 1 to put into your intergalactic school or library just to see what Aoléon is all about and to spread the word about her to interested student readers.
 School Library Journal(a Media Source Inc. company)
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Fax: 646-380-0756

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MrsK's Reading Bio

Reading is important! No questions asked, not even a blink of the eye from any student I grew up with. On the first day of the First grade, we were given our first books. Day two we all read aloud, round robin of course. Day three we were place in our first basal, now known as a lit circle group. Books were so important, publishers designed new curriculum so that every student was reading by the end of the first week. These early readers had images that looked like what we could see in the classroom, beyond the classroom, even on the big screen. Reading is important, throughout history every generation has believed that “Reading” opens up the world for endless possibilities.

I adore the 1950’s Dick and Jane books. Actually, most reading specialists and experienced (45+) educators believe that every student learned to read with Dick and Jane. Since these books are being re-issued, I have heard many parents, grandparents, and students claim that Dick and Jane stories of repetition does teach students to read.

Early influences from my mother influenced my desire to read. I would watch her read and we would go on “secret” excursions to the library. The library became my playground. I owned every book I could carry home, of course they needed to be taken back to their home after visiting with me for a week or two. My first book that I could pull off of the library shelf and read was, Father Bear Comes Home. I only saw my dad on Sundays for a few hours. I would pull this beginning reader off of the library shelf every week. Every week I would try to read the first chapter. Every week I got further in the story. My mom would let me check it out, only if I could read it myself (She didn’t like the illustrations therefore she didn’t want to take time to read it to me). One day, I pulled the book from the shelf and when mom came to get me from the children’s corner, I realized that I had read the whole story. I ran to the check out desk and the Librarian KERCHUNKED the checkout card. My mother, brother and neighbors read. My teachers read. We all read aloud all day long in school. The Priest read aloud every day at mass, even in Latin. Everybody in the Doctor’s office read. People on the bus read. Dad’s waiting in their cars as the Mom’s and children grocery shopped, read. In fact, once you could read and write, Sunset Magazine considered you a reader and sent you mail every day.

Reading is important; I’ve spent my life reading. I’ve traveled around the world and into space through books. My favorite genre is whichever book I have open at the time. Children’s Literature is my passion. Book clubbing is one of the best past times, especially if food is involved. In fact my friends of old are in a book club and we are about to embark on a beach trip to “read” and discuss our newest selection.

My “home-run” book story has helped every student find his or her own “home-run” reads. Every year, I have shared my, Father Bear Comes Home, and every year my students have brought in their “home-run” books. That’s the “diving board” into our Lit. Studies.

In “Growing Up Digital,” Tapscott’s insights into the new generations enthusiasm for the Net reminded me of my generation’s enthusiasm for reading, movies, TV, parties and our driving permits. The Net-Generation, as Tapscott describes, “are learning, playing, communicating, working, creating communities, and enforcing a social transformation.”
N-Geners are interactive “techies” who are always looking for a way to “work it” verses the TV Generation of “Baby Boomers” who started out looking for “how it works.” Reading development is tougher today, society moves too fast to invest their “non-working” free time into a book or even “home work.” Since I stepped into my own classroom, I have seen students being told to read, being forced to read, and threatened into reading. Homework is not any longer the vehicle for students to gain their future lifestyles or careers with. Yet, the Internet does create an enthusiasm for learning. Since I have been enrolled in these courses, I have used the computers in every subject. My students are using the newest technology in the classroom because I am giving them investigative sites to use as they learn from each other and books. I agree with Tapscott, in order to bridge the gap with this up and coming generation we must “live and learn with them.”

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