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Escape to Mars

Escape to Mars [Kindle Edition]

Greg Krehbiel , Bethany Crowley

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Billy Chen and Amber Harris are two 10-year olds who, along with their parents, steal a ride on the space shuttle to avoid the impending destruction of Earth. Billy's father, a particle physicist, believes he has accidentally created a black hole. To save humanity, a team of six adults and two children are rushed off to Mars to start a new colony. This story is exciting and fun -- and entirely safe for kids!

Here's an email from a homeschooling mom: "Isaac and Sam have been taking turns reading it aloud to me and they both really enjoy it. Isaac is a struggling reader but it's caught his attention in a way that many books just don't. I'm VERY appreciative. Thanks again!"

And this, from a review below: "Aaron, my 9 year old, is just in love with this book."

Escape to Mars also introduces kids to some science concepts. From a review -- "It was fun reading about gravity and how to cope with no gravity while in space. It was very humorous to hear Billy explain the ugly side of no gravity while trying to care for and clean-up after the farm animals. Can you imagine!"

About the Author

Greg Krehbiel is a father of five avid readers who are always looking for the next story. Escape to Mars was born from bedtime stories for his oldest, who were always eager for space adventures involving boys and girls.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477443681
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crowhill Publishing (5 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089GBFJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to Mars - very informative, must read! 13 Aug 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Billy Chen thought himself to be an ordinary kid until he is forced to escape Earth with a Mars Mission Crew bound for Mars in the Venture Shuttle from NASA. The crew exists of Billy's father a particle physicist, his mom, Captain Harris an Astronaut, the Captain's young daughter Amber, Lt. Roberts, Dr. Frank and Mr. Brody. The Venture also carried a variety of farm animals and plants they would need on Mars to start a colony. There was many other supplies needed for the mission.

This book was not what I had expect at all. It is so surreal especially since NASA landed the rover Curiosity on Mars,on August 6th, 2012.

It was fun reading about gravity and how to cope with no gravity while in space. It was very humorous to hear Billy explain the ugly side of no gravity while trying to care for and clean-up after the farm animals. Can you imagine!

There was so much necessary for their flight to Mars and the explanations by the crew of Mars Mission were very informative and exciting to read as to how they built from scrap what was needed as certain situations arise.

I like the way the author had the book written like a journal by Billy and Amber with help from Billy's mother, Mrs. Chen. In one chapter of the journal Billy described themselves as space pirates. Not gonna tell you why! You will have to read the book.

I highly recommend this book for ages 9 and up.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.

I review for Bostick Communications.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would you do if you learned your father was responsible for the annihilation of the Earth? If you were Billy Chen, you and 30 Dec 2012
By Sandra K. Stiles - Published on
What would you do if you learned your father was responsible for the annihilation of the Earth? If you were Billy Chen, you and your family and a few others would steal a shuttle and head to Mars. When Billy Chen's father announces that he has accidently created a black hole that is going to destroy the Earth, they and several others make plans to escape to Mars in the hopes of colonizing the planet to continue the human race. I thought of Noah's Ark as I read this story. They take animals and other things they will need to survive. I remember as a child, (I'm dating myself here) watching astronauts deal with the lack of gravity in space. I always thought of how much fun it was to have your food or drinks floating and trying to eat it. This book put a different spin on things. Imagine trying to clean up after animals in a gravity free area. I loved the way the story was told in alternating perspectives from Billy, and Amber, the captain's daughter. This is just the first book. I look forward to recommending this to my students. It is a great middle school read. I also look forward to reading more by this author.

I received a review copy from the author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Young Teen "Escape" Book 28 July 2012
By connywithay - Published on
Title: Escape to Mars
Author: Greg Krehbiel
Publisher: Crowhill Publishing
ISBN: 978-1477443682

Having the ability to tell a good story is a wonderful gift. In Greg Krehbiel's "Escape To Mars," he not only accomplishes this goal in relating to young children but teaches them a little about space, Mars and the sometimes awkward phase of growing up.

This one hundred and seventy two page paperback has a well-detailed, painted picture of a boy and girl crying as a space shuttle is getting ready to take off on the front cover and a paragraph about the book with a hand-drawn characterization of the author and sentence about him on the back. Also on the back is a photograph of the cover's designer, Bethany Crowley, and a sentence about her.

There is no profanity or overly mature situations in this book so it would be acceptable for elementary to pre-teen ages. However, there are several capitalization issues (my Dad), misspellings (vaccuum), punctuation and poor language and sentence structures (page 1 "it weren't Mom's cooking) that it would not be considered a good writing example for a young age group.

This charming story is about ten year olds Billy and Amber whose parents along with a few others plan an escape to Mars on NASA's space shuttle because the earth is supposedly to be sucked into a black hole that Billy's dad erroneously created. They take off to space to get away from the expected turmoil, dock with a space station to pirate supplies and then carefully land on Mars to start a new colony. When they cannot return to earth, they realize that a mad scientist planned the trip for ulterior motives.

Since the story is written in first person by each of the two children, the fonts cleverly switch back and forth, depending who is writing, to aid the reader and enhance the story line. If it is Amber's insecure fear of Billy not liking her or Billy's observations of improving their onboard goats' lives or devising plans on ways to land the shuttle on Mars, both tell their separate feelings and personal perspectives as they venture permanently to their new world.

Except for the grammar, punctuation or typographical imperfections and the questioning of the children's maturity (taking geometry, chemistry and botany as a ten or eleven year old), this is a wonderful, sometimes funny read for children who will in no doubt look forward to the next episode of Billy and Amber's adventures in space.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Book for Kids and Parents 14 Aug 2012
By Busymommylist - Published on
Aaron, my 9 year old, is just in love with this book. He sat at the kitchen table giggling and giggling and having the best time. Especially with Billy's chapters. On top of being a hilariously funny book, Escape to Mars, has some very cool and sneaky way of teaching a little bit about science and outer space. This was a big hit with me, since I adore anything my children can learn from. Especially when it comes in such a creative form. ( After reading about the author, and learning he has children, this made so much sense! We parents have to always "sneak" clever little ways of teaching lessons)
The story is imaginative and invites the readers (mainly kids) (although us parents love to dream and imagine too!), to discuss what they would do in this situation, what would they bring with them to Mars, how would they pack? What about Earth would they miss?
The story starts with Billy's family, his father comes home to try to explain about the black hole he helped create, that was in the center of the Earth, and how the Earth would be swallowed up by this black hole. The chapter is written by Billy, which is a unique way to present this book, through the eyes of a 10 year old boy. After we are introduced to Amber, a 10 year old girl, we get to read her side of this amazing adventure!
Billy and Amber's families, and a few other people needed to help start a new civilization on Mars, start their journey to outer space. They pack some food, some animals, different things needed in order to survive on Mars, and grab a space shuttle to start their adventure.
The print in the book changes with each 10 year old's writings, which helps to distinguish between the 2. I thought this was a neat addition to this fun story!
This is the perfect bedtime story, and your kids, any age, will love it! What little kid doesn't like outer space, space ships, Mars, and all the funny things that happen to Billy and Amber. Well, not everything is so funny. They certainly have their fair share of mishaps and some scary situations that they must. as a team, brainstorm and try and figure out. Billy and Amber included.
The author does a fine job creating this story, the characters are scenes are vivid and colorful and crafted well! It certainly has a lot of twists and turns and will be sure to keep your little ones attention.
We were thrilled to see there will be another book coming in this series and we can't wait!
Note to the author from Aaron, my 9 year old:
This would be so cool if you would make a movie or tv shows about this book!! It would be my new favorite show!
Lol;P Kids just love outer space, anything funny, and books written in their language. I have to agree with Aaron though, this would be a great mini series!

** We received a copy of this book in return for our honest review **
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 2 Jan 2013
By Sam Smith - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It has a really good story behind it but you may not quiet get it. I really hope you will enjoy it, because I really did
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