Parents' Guide to

The Lion of Mars

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tween sci-fi adventure shows value of community.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

My son I and love this book so much!

It's so beautiful. My kid and I loved it
age 8+

Great all around!

The Lion of Mars is a fun story with likeable characters and good messages. The author deftly connects the importance of a lion's pride to the importance of the Mars colonies needing each other.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Tween science fiction fans will enjoy this realistic-feeling adventure that has humor, warmth, and lots of food for thought about what it would be like to actually live on Mars. Veteran middle-grade author Jennifer L. Holm balances emotions, adventure, and the day-to-day in an engaging and sometimes funny way. Bell is a likable narrator for The Lion of Mars, and kids will easily relate to his feelings as he learns about community, friendship, weird teens, and what bravery really feels like. Other characters are well developed, and Holm creates a solid sense of place that readers will enjoy picturing in their minds. Overall the tone is gentle and heartwarming, ending on a feel-good note.

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