The Greys [E–pub New]


Singing the Law jMylo s mother delivering bread to a neighbor to how Dibs situation is finally resolved Weaknesses The reason for Obie s death and Mylo s grief about it as well as the grief of a neighbor for the loss of his family take up a lot of the story and slows it down In 1947 almost everyone would have lost neighbors relatives and community members in the war and might have been a bit resilient There probably wasn t a lot of grief counseling available but Mylo certainly needed some What I really think This reminded me a little of Mark Teague s The Doom Machine 2009 which I can t get to circulate even though it s shiny I may wait to purchase this one even though the 1947 Roswell setting is fabulous Mylo has moved to a small town near Roswell New Mexico to a ranch that isust as alien to him as a Martian He does make a good friend Dibs who like him has smelly toes and is eleven After his older brother has died Mylo sometimes wonders if there is to life and imagines that life would be better if Superman came to his house and save everyone This story is smart insection of grief friendship and extraterrestrials and is perfect for comic book fans I adored Savage s first book Lemons and this one is exactly what I loved about that book smart funny and full of heartOf course the story starts out with Mylo and his best friend Dibs spending the night Except that important revelation are given within the first few pages Dibs father is a single dad and Mylo s brother died the year previously Yes there is a lot of boy stuff but the story truly gets interesting when they actually discover an alien that has crashed to Earth In an ET like situation "the boys and now with the help of a smart girl the trio are determined "boys and now with the help of a smart girl the trio are determined help the alien AKA Moon ShadowIn order to keep this short and not reveal anything about the plot Mylo and his friends bond and have a grand adventure in this story and it will make Mylo and his friends bond and have a grand adventure in this story and it will make laugh and get a bit weepy at times I think fans of See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L Engle will really enjoy this I think this is suited for older middle school kids Melissa Savage writes stories about otherworldy creatures bigfoots martians and human loss In my opinion this book isn t as good as her first novel LEMONS but it is full of well crafted characters and descriptions She throws in a twist every time the story begins to meander And I enjoyed all of the references to things from days gone by like Superman on the radio black and white Flash Gordon serials and Kellogg s cereal with pep A awesome heartbreaking book about the rosswell incidentA good way to learn historyI recommend it to everyone I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I m worried it s not going to get the recognition it deserves The cover and title are very much fitting with the story but I m not sure its going to sell it The science fiction genre always comes in last place in student interest surveys and this book looks 100% science fiction Kids today run from the word martian like the plague Unless the librarian talks up this book kids will never know that it s based on a true event that occurred near Roswell New Mexico In 1947 an official from the Army Air Force Base announced that they had recovered a flying saucer The story appeared on the cover of every major newspaper Several days later the story was retracted and to this day has caused speculation about what the military really foundMany people including ones who were kids at the time claim to have seen the flying saucer up close Savage s story is a fictional account of what might have happened The best way to describe it is It meets E T It because there is a comical group of 5 kids who ourney out to the crash site to investigate and E T because an alien ends up following one of the boys and he becomes responsible for protecting it and helping it get homeAll that Makes For A Cool Story But What for a cool story but what most incredible about this book is how well Savage describes the perspective of kids in 1947 Superhero comics and westerns were priority 1 A Coke and Cracker Jacks were consumed as often as spare change allowed Spit was important especially for hair fixes and the spit handshake Surprises in cereal boxes did what they said they would do ie detect radiation Every kid s ob was WorldThe Army Air Force threatens the town into silent fear as they create a worldwide cover up But someone is still calling him and Mylo Story knows he can’t We Sell Drugs just walk away He soon finds himself in another fight to save a life He isn’t going to let another one slip through his fingers not again This time he would keep his promise no matter whatAndust maybe one of the lives he saves is his own Taken from the author's websi. .



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The GreysThis children s story was a real mixed bag in my opinion On one hand it did an excellent ob in dealing On one hand it did an excellent ob in dealing friendship grief neighborly concern God and faith Moreover it encouraged writing as a method of dealing with sad feelings On the other hand it had too much of what would be considered gross boy stuff and the character of Dibs was like a caricature in the beginning of the story Those two things are minor though compared to what I thought was the main problem of the book it is encouraging children to believe in conspiracy theories Author Melissa Savage takes conspiracy ideas that have been around for decades about the Roswell New Mexico UFO incident in the 1940s which all have been debunked and makes them seem legitimate in this book At least "One Person Involved In The Real Roswell Incident Is A "person involved in the real Roswell incident is a in this story too Now years ago I likely would have had little problem with a children s story of this nature but not today Critical thinking is obviously not being taught in many schools any longer and many adults are also obviously lacking in the ability to think critically I m not talking about critical thinking as defined by scientist but critical thinking that involves ceasing to believe things when there is a lot of evidence that what is being believed is not true That pertains to both things and people So many individuals in current times appear to believe that whatever they want to believe is the truth Children are learning from this too Believe whatever you want and disregard any facts that contradict your beliefs In this book the military is seen as evil and desperate to cover up the fact that aliens have landed on the Earth One high ranking soldier even threatens children getting right in their faces At least one child is manhandled The two retired military officers in the story are seen as good and kind and had to leave the military because they were good and kind Children lie to protect an alien and are encouraged to do so by adults Since uite a few characters have Mexican surnames it s hard not to wonder if this story is also actually an illegal alien one incognito Decades ago such a view of the military might have been accepted without uestion by many Today however it s the military that seems to be the trying to prevent abuse of power in this country It s the military that seems rational For example the military has had little interest in having a parade showing off their hot stuff a parade that the President of the United States wants A president who constantly abuses power lies and believes in conspiracy theories It was a retired Navy admiral who recently condemned the president for acting like a dictator and for embarrassing us in the eyes of our children In addition it s interesting to note that while the military and military officers in this story are bad the Catholic church and the local priest are good Abuse of children by Catholic priests in the 1940s has been documented That s not to suggest that all priest past and present should be suspect or that the Catholic church is bad but it s interesting to note where Melissa Savage is coming from Her author description states that she loves to learn and write about the mystery of cryptozoology for children Okay but is encouraging children to decide for yourself about a possible UFO crash in Roswell as she does on her website and writing a children book obviously supportive of Roswell conspiracy theories the same as encouraging children to wonder if the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot are real creatures somewhere out there I would say it s not the same Nessie and Bigfoot are imagined to be earthly creatures that possibly mankind does not know about Roswell was a real incident in the 1940s involving a nuclear test surveillance balloon and also involving aliens and conspiracy theories that have been debunked Children are thus being encouraged to disregard any and all debunking and to think whatever they want about the matter They are being encouraged to believe people who make up things people who lie The only adults I have ever met who intensely believe in aliens are those who are alienated From The Human Race The Only Adults the human race The only adults know who constantly lie are living a lie of one sort or another They do not want to deal with their addictions. It feels like someone’s watching him He can hear breathing tooAnd ust one word Help It’s a whisper and a scream all at onceIt’s been all grey days since losing his brother but ten year old Mylo Story has something else to think about now The strange metal debris with weird purple symbols and the charred earth where it hit out on Foster’s ranch during the loudest monsoon storm everAnd then there’s the voice that no one. Or secret lives or whatever and want others to believe their lies as well as lies bigger than the ones they tell There s some difference of course in how children think and believe Children often create fantasies because they need those fantasies to help them survive their childhood years They don t have the power of adulthood to change their lives Fantasy is fine encouraging children to wonder and study if life exists on other planets is fine but encouraging children to believe in conspiracy theories The truth about this book is that I wanted to enjoy this book than I did It took me about halfway through the book to actually start enjoying it before that I would read a page and fall asleepI loved the author s previous book Lemons and this book has some of that same spirit the story takes a long time to gain momentum which is why it doesn t get the same rating as Lemons Great story I loved that it took place in NM I had problems with this book I wanted to believeAnd I was supposed to believe that there was extraterrestrial lifeBut my gosh it was like pulling teeth On one hand we had Mylo mourning his brother s death Then we had his friends hanging around with him uoting comic books and the token smart girlOnce we finally established that there was indeed a spaceship and an alien we had had to go back and forth and argue and discussI thought perhaps martians might parallel his love for his dead older brother and the story hinted at that then turned and left us in the desertToo much talking too little actionThanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review The Truth About Martians by Melissa Savage 317 pages Crown Books For Young Readers 2018 for Young Readers 2018 G 4 swears 0 f Content G Violence GBUYING ADVISORY EL ESSENTIALAUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGE When a flying saucer crashes into a field in Corona NM in 1947 Mylo is called on by the surviving Martians for help He and his friends Dibs and Gracie seek and find the survivors and a whole lot of trouble The Army Air Force doesn t want the public to think a flying saucer has crashed into a local field but Mylo has already felt the loss of a much loved brother and cannot bear the plea for help without trying He and his friend Dibs and crush Gracie decide to investigate Who they find is each other adults in their town and an extraterrestrial family In the series of events that unfold heroes are made courage is awakened friendships are grown families are loved lives are awakened and worlds become closer that imaginedThis book touches on the pain and loss of death in positive and real ways The gray catches and takes than we know but love and friendship can bring the color back to life The Truth About Aliens is a great story that mirrors history with mystery and friendship with family I choose to believe in aliens Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monsterBy Clara Picketthttpskissthebookjrblogspotcom20 E ARC from Edelweiss PlusMylo lives with his parents and baby sister near Roswell New Mexico in 1947 His best friend Dibs is obsessed with Martians and comics especially Planet Comics The two boys spend a lot of time together since Dibs mother left home and his father is not coping well Mylo has lost his brother Obie and also has trouble coping with his grief When there is a huge sudden flash of light in the sky one night Mylo is sure it is a Martian flying saucer landing and with the help of his friends Gracie on whom he has a CRUSH AND DIEGO HE FINDS THE CRASHED SPACESHIP AND and Diego he finds the crashed spaceship and alien Of course the army is ready to come and take away the wreckage for study but Mylo manages to help the alien escape and hide her His parents don t uite believe him of course and since the entire community is perturbed by the event and doesn t believe that it was really weather balloons they think it s ust his way of dealing with the things that have gone on in his life Mylo and his friends know better and do what they can to help especially since the aliens manage to communicate with Mylo telepathicallyStrengths As she did in Lemons Savage does an excellent Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change job of including details of life at this time from overalls and hankies to Aua Velva and church picnics She also provides a good picture of the residents of a community and shows how they work together in interesting ways from. Else seems to hear There it is againHelp But who And why him after he couldn’t save the one person who mattered than anything Something crashed in the desert north of Roswell New Mexico in 1947 The military wants everyone to believe it’sust a fallen weather balloon But Mylo Story and his best friend Dibs know the truth They know it because they were there and saw it with their own eyesAnd the truth isit’s not from this.