Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble

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by D. Robert Pease
Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the "Noah Zarc" science fiction series for kids 8-13 years old. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books as "Percy Jackson," "The Softwire," "Artemis Fowl," or "The Search for Wondla," then "Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble" needs to be your next thrill ride. ~ Noah lives


Evolved Publishing presents the first book in the "Noah Zarc" science fiction series for kids 8-13 years old. If you're looking for an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure, and love such books as "Percy Jackson," "The Softwire," "Artemis Fowl," or "The Search for Wondla," then "Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble" needs to be your next thrill ride. ~ Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging killer robots and saving Earth's animals from extinction. Life couldn't be better. But the twelve-year-old time traveler learns it could be a whole lot worse. His mom is kidnapped and taken to Mars; his dad is stranded in the Ice Age; and Noah is attacked at every turn by a foe bent on destroying Earth... for the second time. ~ "Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration." - Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
The first book in Pease's SF series is a sprawling story that hurtles back and forth in time and space, reaching as far back as 8512 B.C., and as far into the future as the 31st century. The premise is an occasionally hokey but entertaining spin on the tale of Noah's ark: born a paraplegic on Mars, 12-year-old Noah Zarc now lives on a massive spaceship called the ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser) with his siblings and scientist parents. The vessel is filled with thousands of animals that the family has rescued by traveling back hundreds of years to before the Cataclysm destroyed life on Earth. Attempting to quash their mission to repopulate a revived Earth with the animals is Haon ("Noah" spelled backwards), who clashes with the Zarcs in a theatrical showdown. The story also includes a revelation about Noah's true parentage and explores his friendship with a girl from the Ice Age. Pease's strength as a storyteller lies in his ability to connect multiple time periods imaginatively, as well as Noah's excited, fast-paced narration. Ages 6�12.
Readers' Favorite
"is a delightful read. Preteens and young teens will love the plot. So will adults. With a play on words and clever imagery, Pease has created a tale loosely based on Noah�s Ark. ... It is refreshing to read a book of this quality. The author writes with the quality of a seasoned writer. I look forward to reading more of this author�s works."

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9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

My whole life, I�ve had a passion for hearing and reading stories, and for creating worlds of my own. As a child, I spent countless hours drawing crazy contraptions on paper, or building vast fortresses in a sand pile behind my garage. There was hardly a time I wasn�t off on some adventure in my mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. So it�s no big surprise I took all that daydreaming, all that longing to really see the wonder of creation around me, and started pouring it into discovering hidden universes in my own mind.

For quite a few years I tried my hand at writing, mostly working on one, massive fantasy novel, but it wasn�t until I had kids and they became voracious readers that I found my passion. There�s no greater audience than a child. I�d rather have a simple review from a kid that says, �Awesome book!� than a five-star review in the New York Times. Of course, if anyone at the Times wants to try to prove me wrong, I�d be willing to let you.

My first published books are in the Noah Zarc series. They are, quite simply, the kinds of books my kids love to read (and to be honest, I do too.) It�s my hope that the kids in your life enjoy reading these stories as much as I did creating them, and I won�t tell on you if you like reading them, too.

The new and improved versions will be coming from Evolved Publishing starting with the first two books on July 22, 2013: "Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble," and "Noah Zarc: Cataclysm." Book 3 will be coming September 23, 2013: "Noah Zarc: Declaration."

To receive newsletter announcements related to D. Robert Pease�s new releases, please visit the author's website.

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Noah Zarc - Mammoth Trouble 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Blessed2BReading More than 1 year ago
This is NOT a religious story. Aside from some names, the main idea of rescuing animals from extinction, and reference to the story of Noah and the Ark, this book has nothing to do with the Biblical story. This book is a cleverly written story about a twelve year boy named Noah who lived in the 3024. He and his family are given the job by their leader, the Poligarchy, to travel through time and collect a male and female of every animal to repopulate the Earth (known as the ARC project). All life was destroyed on their Earth by a great cataclysm, causing the people to move to Mars and Venus. Hoan, one of Venus' inhabitants who believes that the renewed Earth should be populated by the People and not Animals, would stop at nothing to put an end to the ARC project. Noah and his family tries to stop Hoan's diabolical plan, and along the way finds friendship and the meaning of family. I highly recommend this book to everyone who's interested in adventure, timetravel, flying, and cool gadgets. I'm looking forwards to reading Book 2 - Cataclysm.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Where was this book when I was a kid when I just never could wrap my imagination around the Sci-Fi genre? Be prepared for both boys and girls, and yourself, to easily be captured and taken deep into the Fantasy and Sci-Fi genre and never want to look back. Author D. Robert Pease is the Orson Scott Card of juvenile Sci-Fi and those reader’s who fell in love with Ender’s Game and his story will undeniably be hooked on the many adventures of Noah Zarc. Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is the story of Noah, a paraplegic with a levitating wheelchair, but you don’t really hear too much about his disability. His family, the Zarcs, live in a post-apocalyptic world where the earth has been destroyed at there is an evil guy, Haon, they are constantly going up against. They must travel back in time on to bring back a pair of each animal so they can rebuild the earth that has been left uninhabitable, and to do it without Haon stopping them.  While taken directly from the Noah’s Arc Bible story, the religious aspect stops there and is filled with more philosophical entities than most juvenile writing. This book covers physical disabilities, conservation, teamwork and cooperation, dealing with loss, and learning to try new things, just to name a few. The character building is top notch and each have their very own defined personality, all the way down to maturity level. The way in which Pease describes the world and the various adventures and predicaments throughout the book create vivid and memorable visuals that will help readers feel connected and anxiously wanting to continue the story of Noah once this book ends. Written for the young and old alike, it’s suitable for even beginning readers. When it feels like most juvenile books are geared toward girls, outside of the Wimpy Kid series, this book will definitely be a must have for the bookshelf and enjoyed by all. Definitely pick up this book and the other Noah Zarc books in this series!
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InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Noah Zarc - Mammoth Trouble - Noah Zarc Book 1 Author: D Robert Pease Publisher: Evolved Publishing Published: ISBN: 13-978-1-62253-403-6 E-Book ASIN: B00DOE8Q0 Pages: 214 Genre: Science Fiction Tags: Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Dystopian, Time Travel, Fantasy Overall Rating: Great Reviewed For: Mother Daughter Book Blast Tour Reviewer: DelAnne When you read this story think of Noah's Ark set in in the distant future when time travel is common place. In such a time the Earth has been ravaged and life has ceased to exist. The people of Earth have moved to Mars and Venus. Noah's parents are directed to travel to the past to collect a male and female of each of the lost species. When Noah, a 12 year old paraplegic, his brother Hamilton, 14 and his sister, Samantha 17 and his parents travel to retrieve two Irish Deer. Their parents encounter their an old for by the name of Haon. Mr. Zarc is stranded in the past and Mrs. Zarc is being held hostage. The siblings set out to rescue their parents and encounter some interesting people and places along the way. Being told in the first person enables the reader to discover the adventure as Noah does. We can be surprised, scared and thrilled just as he is. As the first in a series there are a few points that seem to lag, but very few and I imagine that we will better understand the characters for those moments of surplus information. The adventure is non-stop and the story will appeal to readers of all ages. I especially liked the fact that the main character does not dwell on his disabilities, but rather on his abilities. The future is a fabulous place in spite of all its problems. Mr. Pease has created a place that is possible without being so far out there that it could not be anything more than a fantasy. I would love to read more in this series to find what awaits Noah and his family. I can almost guarantee you will desire to continue reading more about Noah and his adventures through time as well. Once you begin you will not want to put these books down.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Noah Zarc and his family are on a mission. They are collecting 2 of every animal via time machine so that they aren’t extinct in the year 3024 (Noah’s home time-zone). When Noah’s mom and dad get stuck in time because someone stole their time-traveling spaceship, Noah and his older siblings go to rescue them. But, it turns out that by the time they got there (they arrived a week after the signal) that their mom was kidnapped (by the guy who stole their spaceship). And that’s not all – the evil guy plans to destroy their goal by wrecking the place they have set up for the animals via poisonous gas, so it would take years to remove it. What can Noah and his family do? Mammoth Trouble is the first book in the Noah Zarc trilogy (Book 2 is Cataclysm and Book 3 is Declaration). This is a fabulous dystopian world! Mr. Pease makes it sound so real and believable. I wouldn’t be surprised if this actually happened in the future (hmm.. maybe Mr. Pease is the time traveler?). I like Noah’s name, it made me smile. Noah is a really cool boy. The fact that he is disabled (Noah is in a high-tech wheelchair) added to the story. It is great to see a very cool MC with a disability. The story is very fun and totally gets the reader involved. I think it would make a great read-aloud for parents to read to younger kids for story time. Older kids and grown-ups will enjoy Mr. Pease’s writing style. The book has no profanity and only mild violence. The sibling rivalry described between Noah and his brother and sister is very believable and pretty funny. I think Noah Zarc is a great series that kids would love. I am definitely finishing this series!
gaele More than 1 year ago
Three volumes of the Noah Zarc series with illustrations that are only available in the omnibus edition: here is a book that will encourage the reader in your middle-grade student.   Noah Zarc is a science-fiction adventure story, which starts with a 12 year old protagonist and his family as they travel space and time collecting animal pairs much like Noah of the Bible.  But this Noah is no older man with a fully functional body: this Noah is a paraplegic who occasionally rails against the confines of his limitations. His family isn’t into coddling him either: there isn’t a great divide in punishment, interaction or expectations for any of the children: expectations are set and most often met if not exceeded.  Another bonus to a story that uses such clever techniques to teach and model: we learn as much from our interactions with fictional characters as we do from those who are standing in front of us, and there are several options for learning.   Starting with Mammoth Trouble, Noah is just 12, and the family is starting their adventure with their ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser).  This is a post-apocalyptic world, where humans are relegated to living on colonized Mars and Venus.  Noah and his family are seeking to grab pairs of animals to repopulate the earth.  Interesting social and moral issues arise with this: should you be expending this time and energy to stop the extinction of the animal kingdom when humans are in need? What about the whole “changing” the path of a destiny?  Any fans of time travel will instantly see the gentle seeding of the argument for young readers to develop their own views. Full of concepts and ideas, action-packed and several wonderful interactions between the characters that includes bickering, punishment and Noah’s struggle to save his father from the anti-animal faction had me whipping through the pages.  Illustrations and new technology along with the dedication the family has to saving the animals was just a fabulously transporting read, and made me wish I had a younger reader at home!   Stars:  5 Next up is Cataclysm and Noah is a year older and wiser, with all of the experience gained from his family’s first year on the ARC, integrating a new member into the family, and the kids have been sent to live with their Grandfather to ‘experience a more normal life’.  But ‘normal’ isn’t all that one might expect, Noah is finding some odd connection with the villain Haon, and is beginning to wonder if perhaps there is more to the conflict and backstory than he knew.   Another thoughtful installment that added, to my delight, robots with personalities and identities, that don’t try too hard and come off as overwrought, but are just right!  More action-filled than the first, there are wild time-jumps, authorized and not, that serve to keep the story moving forward.  Fast paced and full of detail this story is one that keeps rushing by, even as you want to stop and savor.  Additionally, as in the first book, Noah’s disability is not ignored, but worked with and around: he’s managed to adapt his approach to accomplish what he wants, even as he does have those moments where his disability is fully in the front of his mind.   Stars:  5 Lastly and the newest installment to the series is Declaration and we join Noah in the midst of a firefight helping the rebels stand strong against the Poligarchy’s  army that is bent on ruling the galaxy.  What we are learning throughout the story is that Noah and his family, with their time travel skills can go back and alter the past, and perhaps prevent the mess that is the world they know now.  Noah is now 14, and his perspective and voicing have aged with him: confidence from past encounters and his confidence in both his ‘team’ and his own abilities have contributed to this noticeable maturing of the character.  Yes, he is still young, but the core traits of his personality that were so endearing in the earlier volumes are still prevalent, with the solid family/tea relationships that are a mainstay of the story.  We are in boy-heaven in this story: action, gadgets, a clear enemy and a clear goal and hero to cheer for.  Continuing to confront head-on several social issues, and questions of what is really in the best interests of everyone, the story manages to work on several levels, keeping readers engaged throughout.   I’m not the target audience for this book, but I was completely captured by the characters, the action and the issues and questions: set in fantasy but integrating concepts and engaging readers with a fun tale that teaches as it entertains.  This was a lovely addition to the series: highlighted with illustrations found only in the omnibus edition that add a bit of whimsy to the page.   I received an eArc copy of the book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  Stars:  5 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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purplerose75 More than 1 year ago
Noah Zarc and his family are travelling through time collecting animals from Earth - while the animals are still around to collect. In Noah's own time, the Earth has been uninhabitable and all animals extinct for almost 1,000 years. There is a bit of "Take care of the Earth before it's too late", but it's part of the story, and not preachy. (I think that's common sense myself, but obviously not everyone feels that way.) Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with the project, and Noah's entire family is in danger. This was a fun book to read, with all the 31st-century gadgets, and Noah and his siblings picking at each other. The time-travel stuff made me a little dizzy, though. It always does. If you go back in time, are you changing events from that point forward, or were they always that way because you'd already been there... See what I mean? Time travel is fun; it just blows my mind. LOL There was also all the references to the Noah's Ark story: The most obvious one being Noah's name: Noah Zarc. Also the massive ship on which they traveled and transported the animals: the ARC. The smaller ships they use to for short jaunts: DUV ships. The robot that accompanies Noah's parents to Earth to keep records: MOSES. And we can't forget Johah the whale. I loved the twists and turns in the story and how it wasn't predictable. Even the bad guy wasn't completely evil. I like a well-rounded villain. While reading Mammoth Trouble, I couldn't imagine what the author would have left to write about in a second book, but Pease did a great job of wrapping up this part of the story while leaving enough for another book. I got this book free through the WoMen's Literary Cafe Review Program in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite "Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble" by D. Robert Pease is a delightful read. Preteens and young teens will love the plot. So will adults. With a play on words and clever imagery, Pease has created a tale loosely based on Noah’s Ark. This is the author’s first novel; a sequel is due out later this year. The title is Cataclysm. I hope to be the first to write a review of the book. In this futuristic tale our main character is Noah. Noah is a twelve year old boy with disabilities. He and his family live on a space ship that collects animals from Earth’s past for the purpose of restocking the Earth. Noah is an excellent pilot due in part to his being a paraplegic. He spends most of his time in a special wheelchair called a Magchair. There is an implant that allows him to mental control the chair and the ship. On a mission to Earth during the Ice Age his mother is kidnapped by Hoan and his father is left stranded on the icy planet. It is up to Noah, Sam and Hamilton to save the day. In the midst of rescuing their father a Wooly Mammoth causes more than a little trouble. When Noah discovers a secret he reacts the way most boys his age would. This tale has several mighty messages in it: 1) Man is destroying Earth; 2) We should never allow our disabilities to define who we are or what we can accomplish. 3) We write our own script; it doesn't matter where we came from but where we are going. The Zarc’s are charming characters, likeable and believable. When Hamilton explained time and space jumping or time travel I was reminded of "A Wrinkle In Time" by Madelyn L’Engle. She used a similar explanation for time travel, called a Tesseract Concept. I have been hooked on good sci fi since I read "A Wrinkle In Time" in the sixth grade. Noah Zarc is very good sci fi. It is refreshing to read a book of this quality. The author writes with the quality of a seasoned writer. I look forward to reading more of this author’s works.
CleanTeenFiction More than 1 year ago
This book was fun! I rarely read sci-fi or books with characters that are twelve, but I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this book. Noah is physically a unique character because he was born without the use of his legs. He would be in a wheelchair, but since this book is set in the future he has something much cooler than that. His magchair hovers and gives him great mobility. He can also wear a kind of suit that allows him to walk and move around. Noah is a great twelve year old kid who is an amazing pilot. He has two older siblings 14 and 16 years old who also help on the A.R.C. The A.R.C. is a gigantic space ship where all the animal pairs live. All the animals on earth had died in the future, and humans had to move to Venus or Mars. Noah and his family go back in time to rescue two of every animal species. Their goal is to eventually release the animals on earth. A quarter of the way through the book a character named Adina enters the scene. This is where things really started picking up for me. Adina is also twelve, fun, smart, and strong. She is looking for adventure and a great friend to Noah. I felt like before Adina entered the scene Noah was lonely which wasn't as fun to read. I recommend this book to tweens and young teens boy or girl. Parents you should read it too because you'll enjoy it. Get this book for your kids that want to read a futuristic adventure in space.
Evangeline_Han More than 1 year ago
Like Noah, I found the entire concept of time travel in Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble confusing. The ability to switch ages and "jump" time was all too foreign and mind-boggling for me. By the end of the book, I still couldn't figure what had actually happened to Noah Zarc Snr. I also noticed the typos in the book. Usually, I'd dismiss the occasional two or three typos in some books, but I was surprised to find typos here and there as I turned the pages. Despite all the "minuses" in Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, the story is interesting. The climax had just the right amount of action and suspense. I especially enjoyed reading about the adventures of Noah. With his talents and daring character, he adds plenty of color to the story. What I couldn't understand was why his new friend had to be a girl. Why can't it just be a boy? The undercurrent caused by having a new girl friend can be done without in the story. Besides Noah, his foe is another fascinating character. The author narrates the story in such a way that we can help feeling a twinge of sympathy for this foe. After all, in real life, most bad people have real reasons for why they do what they do. This foe is no different. The intentions for why he does what he does isn't actually outright evil. One can't help but pity him because he sincerely believes in his cause. As a reader, I even agreed to his cause when it was told from his point of view. The main mysteries are resolved at the end of the story, although there is a somewhat open-ending for the foe in the story. Maybe this hints at a continuation in Book 2? Further run-ins between Noah and the foe would be interesting to read!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit that when I first began this book (2 days ago!), I was somewhat dreading it. I don't honestly know why except that I am not a science fiction enthusiast, and I had hoped that my daughter would be able to read this book in my place. She is the science fiction aficionado, but when I saw the length of the book, I knew it was beyond her years. So I began the book with the intention of just reading it and not fully enjoying it. I was not instantly smitten with Noah. In fact, he is still not my favorite character, but I have come to respect him and understand him to a degree. Adina was definitely my favorite character. But I am getting ahead of myself. It was an intriguing idea to have a paraplegic boy over a thousand years in the future traveling through time. I am not a fan of time traveling books either (and why did I agree to review the book?), but the book was extremely readable--a very fast read as a matter of fact. By about page 60, I suddenly realized the "name play" in the book. The family in the book are rescuing animals, and the name of the father and son is Noah Zarc. Say it out loud, and it sounds like Noah's Ark. I was kind of intrigued by this point. At least it was clear that the author knew something about Bible stories. Maybe the book wasn't going to be so bad after all. The moment of truth came today as I got about halfway and the story of Noah's Ark was retold by one of the characters in an imaginative way that brought a new way of looking at this old story. I began to entertain the idea that maybe this author knew more than the stories of the Bible. Perhaps he knew the author of these stories. I did not want to jump to conclusions. And then I realized that there was no profanity or sex in the book--quite a change for a young adult novel. And the message was even one with moral value. And you know what? I was right! Dr. Pease has written a fun, easy-to-read young adult novel that will appeal to more than just young adults. In many ways, this story is quite reminiscent of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. His book never comes across as "preachy" or "in your face" when it comes to Biblical principles--which I greatly enjoy. It is so nice to read a clean kid's book! I always find it amazing that often the books I dread the most are the books I truly come to enjoy and appreciate, and this is no exception. The story is well-written, and I only found myself getting lost in all the "time travel talk" at the end of the novel. I would love to read the next book in the series, and I can hardly wait for my daughter to get old enough to read and enjoy this series as well!
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Noah Zarc was born without the use of his legs, yet he does not let this fact deter him from enjoying life to the fullest extent. He harbors a passion for piloting spaceships, a reality that his parents have made possible whenever they travel back through time to save Earth's animals from dying out completely. You see, the Earth can no longer sustain human life. At least not yet. Not until it's atmosphere is brought back under control in order to do so, a feat that Noah and his family hope to achieve. As they travel through space and time acquiring each animal little by little, the family encounters quite a few obstacles along the way. Noah's mother is captured and taken back in time to Mars by an entity they're not yet sure of. His father, on the other hand, is left stranded in the Ice Age. Determined to save his family and set things right, Noah and his siblings embark on an adventure that leave them wondering whether they'll ever make it back home alive. Dodging deadly robots and other treacherous forces, they're able to rescue their father with one tiny glitch. Unbeknownst to the others, they now have a stowaway aboard their ship by the name of Adina, a girl whom Noah met while traveling back to the Ice Age to rescue his father. Setting that little detail aside, Noah decides to go ahead with his plan. They will rescue his mother no matter the cost. He never once imagined he'd be traveling back in time in hopes of stopping the malevolence threatening his family. As secrets of the past begin to unravel, Noah realizes that his family is all he's got and he will not give it up so easily. Using the skills and talents he's acquired over the years, he's able to remain one step ahead. For how long, though, he does not know. The safety of his family and Earth's restoration are all that matters to him. Nothing, and no one, will keep him from achieving that very goal. This book was totally delightful. While it is a children's book, middle-grade, to be exact, I enjoyed every minute of it. D. was able to tell the story of Noah and the Ark in a very futuristic setting. He was able to create a post-apocalyptic view of what the world would be like if man were to be the cause of its demise. Truthfully, the story left me with a bit of food for thought. All in all, it was beautifully written and I know that others will enjoy the book, too. So looking forward to more of the series soon.
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Buried-in-Books More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! It was fresh and fast paced and as the title tells you it's based loosely on Noah's Ark, but this Noah is part of the family Zarc and their spaceship is called the ARC. It's huge, large enough to house ten blue whales in a natural enough habitat that they won't be crowded and elephants on a realistic African savanna. Their mission is to travel through time saving a male and female of each species of every animal so they can repopulate the planet Earth. Earth experienced a cataclysm and all life was destroyed, but that was eons ago and now it is deemed habitable. Of course, there is an evil man that wants to stop them. People don't need animals anymore as they eat synthetic meat and he doesn't want the Earth to be a zoo. He wants people to live on Earth instead of Venus with it's inhospitable air. So they are in danger whenever they collect their specimens. But more than being an exciting story about racing through space and saving Earth and animals and trying to beat the bad guy, all of which I'm quite sure children will love, this story is also about family. Noah is very aware of his family and discovers a huge secret about himself during the course of the book. He has to come to terms with it and what it means. A lot of the novel is taken up with him trying to rescue his parents. His siblings take a back seat in the novel but there is no doubt that this family is close knit and love each other first and foremost. It was good to see that tied in to the story so subtly yet feel it's importance to the outcome. A second book is due out next year and I cannot wait for it! Robert Pease's writing is easy to read and engaging. It wasn't bogged down with too much Sci-Fi language that I felt like I didn't know what was going on. And every time there was something about moving through space and time, some of the characters understood it, but Noah fessed up that he never did understand it and frankly neither did I. But it never kept me from thoroughly enjoying this novel!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I never thought I would enjoy a book written for children as much as I did ¿Noah Zarc¿. What first caught my eye, is the beautiful and appropriate book cover. If I saw it on a shelf in a bookstore, I would¿ve purchased it right there and then. It¿s an adventure-filled book chock full of moral lessons for children of a slightly more advanced reader¿s age (middle schoolers), but I would recommend this lovely book to young and old alike. Themes such as not letting your disability hold you back, concerns about how we are destroying our planet and how to respect animals, are explored in a fun way, without being preachy, as a modern take on the theme of Noah¿s Ark. I enjoyed all the places Noah and his family took me ¿ from the Ice Age and medieval Scotland, right through to 30th century Mars and Venus, on a suspense-filled journey to save Noah¿s mom and stop the evil Haon from killing all the animals in the past, as well as the ones saved by the Zarc family in the present. The part of the story where they travelled to the Ice Age to save Noah¿s father, had me rolling on the floor with laughter when it was described how the cavemen, with their primitive weapons, attacked the spaceship. Seeing the events in the story unfold in my imagination, was like watching a blockbuster movie ¿ it was that much fun! Time travelling forms a big part of the story, but at times I found it hard to understand the mechanics thereof. I didn¿t feel alone though, as some of the characters couldn¿t get their heads wrapped around it either! Luckily it is written in such a way, that the reader doesn¿t necessarily have to understand it to follow the storyline. All the characters are well defined and easy to identify with ¿ you even feel sorry for the bad guy. Part of a close-knit family, Noah is a twelve year old boy who pretty much takes life for granted ¿ as kids do at that age. Even though he is a paraplegic, focus is placed on his talents, courage and wit, and how certain responsibilities are placed on his shoulders, even though he is in a ¿wheel chair¿. The characters grow throughout the story, and by the end of the book, these characters have different points of view than they did at the start of the book. I had loads of fun reading this book. Lots of unpredictable twists; a few family secrets; the true-to-life banter between Noah and his siblings; the honesty and realism of the characters; cool space-age gadgets; vivid and beautiful descriptions of the different environments; the concept and moral lessons of the story; and how it really got me thinking about ecological issues ¿ were the highlights for me. The only negatives for me was the beginning and ending of the book. Although it is book one in a series, the reader is thrust into the first chapter, not having a clue what¿s going on, and it is only explained much later in the chapter. So for a good while there I was confused and felt like putting the book down, although my mind was quickly changed by the time I got to chapter three. Also, I found the ending to be quite blunt. It felt as though the author stopped in the middle of a sentence; and therefore, the 4 star rating. Overall, I found ¿Noah Zarc¿ by D Robert Pease, to be a delightful book and an entertaining, yet also educational read. This book is the perfect excuse to buy it for your kids so you can secretly read it after they¿ve gone to bed. I have high expectations for the next book in this series!
MStefanides More than 1 year ago
Pease takes accurate scientific information, mixes it with an adolescent boy¿s wide-eyed wonder and bravado, and sends the reader on a dizzying trip through space and time. Science aside, the story has ¿good bones¿¿the underlying themes are universal enough to appeal to most readers regardless of the setting. Although the science fiction plot is great fun, it¿s a vehicle for kids to explore timeless fantasies, and come out on top. There¿s, Noah, of course, a twelve-year-old boy who was born without the use of his legs, but who happens to be one of the best pilots in the solar system ever, kid or adult. He is harassed by an older brother and sister, and really, other than we firstborns, what kid can¿t identify with that? A sweet but tough young girl from the past steals our hero¿s heart for the first time. His daring efforts to rescue his parents and save Earth from an evil maniac are as much to impress his budding new love interest as they are to save the planet and the animals. There was one aspect that I did struggle with throughout the book. Often, very often, I had a hard time believing that the story was really being narrated by a twelve-year-old. Pease¿s writing is excellent, perhaps too excellent. The voice didn¿t quite ring true to me as being from a child. I bounced back and forth between being caught up in the story, and being jarred because of the sophistication and complexity of the writing. Pease does a great job creating vivid imagery, thoughts, and emotions, but that was what often bothered me. Granted, I haven¿t been around adolescents for a long time, but it seemed to me that although Noah is clearly a wunderkind, the prose coming out of him felt too advanced for a kid his age. I would be engrossed in the story, and then I would be shaken by just how well-written the narration is. It was difficult for me to reconcile at times. Happily, though, the story was exciting enough to keep me turning the pages.
LuluTheBookworm More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoy this book, from start to finish it held my interest and kept me entertained. Its a middle grade book but I think even older audiences would enjoy reading it! We follow Noah Jr. (his father is also called Noah) as he goes through adventures based in the future. I really liked Noah as the main character. He had a lot of drive in him and even though he was stuck in a wheelchair - he did the best he could all the time. His love for piloting, animals, and his family really create a sense of person. Now, you're probably wondering, is this a christian thing? Yes, it does have that Noah Ark story going on BUT that is as far as it goes. So NO it is not. The names of the characters, the ship, and what they are doing (saving animals) is as far as it goes. There are no references (besides the tale of Noahs Ark) to God or anything preachy. I was so thankful for that! It made me enjoy it so much! The writing, though more MG, held a quality to it that made it easy to follow and yet described enough to get a mental image of the setting. The actual time travel flew over my head but even the characters don't know how it really works (well except Hamilton) so I didn't feel to bad. I found myself following the plot/events easily. Some books it is hard to follow because the author jumps around from one idea to the next - not the case with D. Robert Pease. Everything fits and has its place. I must warn readers though - I believe that it is part of a series/trilogy. The ending was exactly what I wanted (I felt very satisfied) but it held it open for more. The world building wasn't great but considering it was MG, I think it definitely works for younger readers. Overall, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did! I recommend it to readers who enjoy futuristic, science fiction, action, mystery and a general good quality book!
avalonpriestess More than 1 year ago
Personally, I LOVED this story. A fantastic adventure. 12 year old paraplegic Noah Zarc lives in both the future and the past. Being a lover of physics and cosmology, this was fascinating to me. Also fascinating was the way Noah didn't allow his handicap to hold him back. Handicap? No Way!! Noah had a really cool mag chair to help him zip around. Noah and his family, the Zarc's go through time collecting animals to protect them from extinction, (get it--Noah Zarc---Noah's Arc) They use a space/time ship called ARC, Animal Rescue Cruiser. Their goal is to reintroduce these animals on Earth. Of course, there are bad guys, The Haon, who kidnap Mrs. Zarc and Noah has to save her. This book is full of action, adventure and fun. I think anybody would love this story, especially kids that like books about space and time travel.
SusanQuinn More than 1 year ago
Noah Zarc (Mammoth Trouble) by D. Robert Pease is a rollicking space adventure that jumps through time with the Zarc family as they try to save animals (yes, two by two) from Earth's past to repopulate a planet barren of animal life. Noah Jr. is busy getting in trouble for unscheduled tests of his thermsuit when his parents fail to return from a mission to the Ice Age. Noah and his brainy brother and teenage sister jump through time and space to try to rescue their parents only to find that Hoan - arch enemy of the ARC (Animal Rescue Cruiser) project - has kidnapped their mom. And that's just the beginning of adventures that take our young heroes from the moon to Mars to many different space-times on Earth. Pease gives the ancient nature of the story of Noah's Ark a nod, while updating it to the year 3000 in a completely fresh way. I especially like the tender puppy-love story between Noah and Adina, the Ice Age orphan girl who shows ancient people to be a lot smarter than we'd expect. One of the great things that I love about science fiction has always been the willingness of SF authors to tackle social issues. I would love to see more middle grade science fiction precisely because I believe that middle grade kids are primed and ready to debate the kinds of social issues that SF dives into. Noah Zarc is light and fun, but it is also "serious" science fiction (as opposed to "comedy" focused MG SF, which doesn't usually have the same impact in a philosophical sense). Noah Zarc is chock full of gadgety devices and space-time travel, but Pease also gives a nuanced spin to the political dynamics of repopulating Earth with long-extinct animals while people remain trapped in crowded colonies on Mars and Venus. Loaded with action and adventure, this story goes easy on the violence. I don't know the reading level of this book, but I'm guessing around 4th or 5th grade. With its light-touch adventure and advanced reading level, this makes it a perfect read for advanced readers as young as 6. And older kids, as well as animal lovers of any age, will love the adventure and time travel conundrums.
GatheringLeaves More than 1 year ago
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble By: D. Robert Pease ISBN: 9780615524993 Published August 13, 2011 by Walking Stick Books Available Format: Paperback, ebook My Rating: ????? Noah Zarc is a twelve-year-old boy living in the future. He and his family command a ship that retrieves animals from the past in preparation for re-inhabiting a post-apocalyptic earth. Noah, although he is a paraplegic, is a fantastic spaceship pilot and time-traveler. He thinks his life just can't get much better.until his dad is trapped in the Ice Age and his mom is kidnapped and taken to thirty-first century Mars. Noah quickly learns things aren't as they seem, and he has to find the strength within to pull through it all. The fate of the future world is in his hands. This book is amazing! It is slightly above my kids' reading level, but it was still tons of fun for me. I love how it takes the story of Noah's Ark and interprets it in the future. It also teaches a lesson about how we are abusing the earth's resources and basically killing our own planet every day. Since Noah is paraplegic and primarily in a "wheelchair," there is also the message of not letting disabilities hold you back. His physical condition is certainly not dwelt upon. We know he uses the chair and a special suit that helps him walk when needed, but he carries on just like any other child-well, any other child in the future. The focus is on his talents, his incredible wit and ability to pilot spacecraft better than anyone else in his family. Sure, it is bothersome at times to depend on other things to help him move around, and he sometimes uses his chair as an excuse to not help his brother and sister (with little success), but not once does he let his condition define who he really is. Some of the time travel stuff was pretty much beyond my comprehension, but it isn't written in a way that you need to understand what they're saying. Actually, most of the characters don't understand it either, so it just brings the reader into the story even deeper. It was loads of fun to travel into the past to the end of the Ice Age and learn that cavemen weren't as dumb as we think. And then, in the same breath, we get to go to the future and see what life on Mars might be like. All through the story, you never know where or when you'll find yourself! What a splendid adventure!
Chrystalla More than 1 year ago
Normally I don't read juvenile fiction, but this book was a pleasant surprise. I really liked it and found myself reading way past midnight to finish it. Let me elaborate (mild spoiler alert). Noah is very young, only twelve, and he's a paraplegic. But don't think this handicap will hold him back, oh no. Especially not in a future where he can zip around in his magchair, float in zero-g and use electrical prosthetic legs. Besides, it's not in his character. He is very dynamic, very mature and sweet as well, and he has some plans for the evening - like, save his mother who has been kidnapped, save a girl's life in prehistoric times (yes, lots of time traveling in this novel) and find out who Haon (the bad guy) really is. The voice is fresh and natural, funny and just right for Noah's age, never tiring and never confusing. Noah's inner conflict is nicely juxtaposed to lots of fast-paced action scenes, and his emotions ring true. The other main characters are also rounded and relatable, including Noah's siblings and parents, the girl he saves, and even the bad guy, which I thought was great. I admit that there were a few things that bothered me. One of them was the very obvious symbolism of the Arc of Noah, which was repeated through the story, from the family name (Zarc) to the ARC, the great spaceship with its unique mission, and the retelling of the story here and there. I'd have preferred a more subtle use of this. Furthermore, I found that the principal questions of time travel, which are complex and mind-bending at best when one tries to understand them, are treated a little too lightly for my taste here. If supposedly crushing a bug in the past can change the future, how about taking living creatures out of the past, how would that affect the present? Yet, keeping in mind that this is a story for young teens, and that these questions have not been answered yet, I can't complain much about this point. After all, I highly recommend this story for young teens, and if a grumpy, hard-to-please adult like me enjoyed this novel, then I bet they will love it.
MistiP More than 1 year ago
A thousand years in the future, mankind has practically destroyed the Earth, wreaking havoc on its environment and animals before being forced to relocate to Mars and Venus while the Earth slowly recovers. The Zarc family is allowed to travel back in time to save two animals of every species from extinction, and bring them to new habitats on their ship, the ARC--Animal Rescue Cruiser-in order to repopulate the Earth when it is ready. To most people, the Zarcs are interplanetary heroes. To Haon, they are messing with things better left alone in order to steal the Earth from its rightful inhabitants: humans. And Haon will stop at nothing to prevent them. Twelve-year-old Noah Zarc believes in what his family is doing, but when Haon kidnaps his mother and strands his father in the Ice Age, Noah, his brother Hamilton and his sister Sam are determined to rescue their parents, no matter what. After time-traveling to the Ice Age, Noah has a close encounter with a mammoth that attacks the ship, and befriends an Ice Age girl while Hamilton goes after their mother. He returns with word that Haon has kidnapped their mother to force her to create a nano virus that will destroy all animal life on planet Earth-and everything the Zarc family has worked so hard to save. So begins Noah's quest to save his mother and the future of animalkind on Earth from Haon's grasp. Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is an adventure-filled journey that jumps from present-day Earth to the Ice Age, Mars, and medieval Scotland. With plenty of advanced tech-from assassin bots to thermsuits to the ARC itself-the future looks like a pretty cool place to be, and Noah's mission to save his parents, even in the midst of overwhelming danger, proves that things haven't changed too much, even with mankind scattered amongst the stars. With the heaps of trouble Noah gets into, the prospect of more will keep the reader turning the pages in anticipation as Noah heads towards his inevitable clash with Haon-and discovers some astonishing things about his family along the way.
PhaedrusSehnsuchtLewis More than 1 year ago
This is thoroughly enjoyable. It has a novel and well-written plot, along with very funny and very life-like characters. This book can (and will) entertain audiences from all age ranges.