Monday, February 23, 2015


Gilbert Sullivan often had strange dreams the night before the circle makers came. And this night was no different. Fear shot through Gilbert’s veins. They were coming.

“Hurry up and get this portal open!” cried a familiar female voice.

“We've got company!” shouted Gilbert.

“Stand to and return fire!” ordered a male voice.

It’s Chinese New Year and despite it being a busy time spent with family and friends, I've just finished reading the e-book Aoléon the Martian Girl. This is a short book (under 100 pages) written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur, and is appropriate for middle-grade children.

The story starts with a young boy, Gilbert Sullivan, who often has disturbing dreams just right before crop circles appearing on Old Farmer Neville Johnson, his neighbor's farm in Nebraska.  This mysterious crop circles sparked Gilbert's interest in space and astronomy.  One night, awakened by his recurring nightmare, Gilbert hears his parents arguing downstairs, fearing that they will divorce. He wishes for an end to the trouble, and for an angel who would take him far away.  When he notices a bright light outside, he decides to investigate. This is the beginning of Gilbert’s really cool adventure: Gilbert trips over someone in the field, and meets Aoléon, the Martian Girl.

This strange-looking yet beautiful girl with huge blue eyes and turquoise skin is from planet Mars.  She amazes Gilbert as she seems to be able to read his mind, and her touch heals. When old Farmer Johnson finds them and mistaken them as vandals, Aoléon escapes with Gilbert in her spacecraft. They are even hotly pursued by the US Army! Gilbert describes his situation as "been abducted by a nutty alien who's a speed freak".

I loved Aoléon the Martian Girl. The book features many beautiful pictures and they really add impact to the story. It has funny moments too and the flying cows got me chuckling. It was 1:00 AM and I hope nobody heard me laughing out loud...

I’m a fan of sci-fi, so this book is a very easy and enjoyable read to me. The story is linked nicely with dreams and nightmares, telepathy and mind reading, and healing through touch and thought (as seen in the case of Tripod, Farmer Johnson’s dog being healed by Aoléon—she refuses to leave without first tending to the wounded basset hound even though the farmer is already closing in on them).  It’s also big on adventures—I mean, just look at Gilbert up and away with an alien that learns to speak his language on the fly. I’m so looking forward to reading Part Two because I’m left with a cliff-hanger! Onward!

A snapshot from the book: Gilbert checking out the universe with his telescope before spotting Aoléon's spaceship zooming by...

A snapshot from the book: Gilbert arriving in Mars

Book Synopses: Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.


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.

Connect with Brent: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl

Where to buy the book: Amazon

Many thanks to Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours for sending me a complimentary copy of this book. I'm proud to be a part of this book tour!