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Space Station Mars
     

Space Station Mars

by Daniel San Souci
 
Danny, his brothers, and the rest of the clubhouse crew are at it again. Since returning their dangerous snake and reptiles to the wild, they've found a meteor “from Mars,” as Neil, a visiting neighbor, has determined it. So begins a quest to find flying saucers and make contact with Martians. But such top secret work can be tricky when the

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Danny, his brothers, and the rest of the clubhouse crew are at it again. Since returning their dangerous snake and reptiles to the wild, they've found a meteor “from Mars,” as Neil, a visiting neighbor, has determined it. So begins a quest to find flying saucers and make contact with Martians. But such top secret work can be tricky when the “Martians” come looking for their lost meteor. School Library Journal calls The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club “an appealing tale.... Throughout the story, readers see how well the youngsters work and play together, and allow their imaginations to take them on a super adventure.” Now, with a telescope, crystal radio, and amateur chemistry set, the gang takes part in a second uproarious true tale of brothers, best friends, and the extraordinary adventures they create. Use the secret alphabet at the back of the book to decode Neil's mystery letter (find complete text at http://www.clubhousebooks.com/decipher.htm) or to create messages of your own.

 

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Children's Literature
The Clubhouse Kids are back. The three San Souci brothers, some neighbor boys, and a visitor from across the street discover a smoldering meteor (actually a good size rock) in Mrs. Gray's backyard. They don protective gear (helmets made of paper sacks, pipe cleaners, and Styrofoam balls) and carry their treasure back to the clubhouse. Neil brings his chemistry set over to test the rock and determines that it is, indeed, a meteor. The boys divide into teams to track the flight of space ships. They search the skies with a telescope, place colored stickpins on a chart of the galaxy, and listen for strange noises on a crystal radio made out of an oatmeal box. Danny's job is to draw pictures of aliens to put on the walls of the clubhouse. Their hard work pays off. They spot a blinking light between the moon and Professor Stern's chimney. The next day they head in that direction and discover a large white structure that looks like an inverted saucer. They decide that the meteor is actually a source of energy that must be returned to the aliens and they solemnly hand the rock to a strangely clad being and hurry back home. The two men painting the water tower have no idea what to do with the rock. A celebration of the imagination of childhood shines through in this visit to San Souci's memories of growing up in an innocent age of imagination. A clubhouse Web site (www.clubhouse.fun) has been created for readers who would like to join the organization or just learn more about San Souci and his childhood adventures. Part of the "Club House Book" series. 2005, Ten Speed Press/Tricycle Press, Ages 5 to 9.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-The boys from the The Dangerous Snake and Reptile Club (Tricycle, 2004) are back. After watching a movie about space aliens, the kids are convinced that a rock found in their neighbor's backyard is really a meteor from Mars. They quickly transform their clubhouse into Space Station Mars. Luckily, Neil is an expert on extraterrestrials. He uses his chemistry set to test the meteor for radioactivity and monitors intergalactic communication with his crystal radio. When he picks up strange transmissions, the club members are convinced that the Martians who lost the meteor are on their way back to reclaim it. They find the "alien spaceship" and return the rock to the "alien visitors." This book captures the wonderful time in children's lives when the line between reality and imagination is blurred. The boys are able to have great adventures because they believe in what they are playing. The bright cartoon illustrations, which are chock-full of detail and activity, increase the sense of fun. This is a great choice for independent reading or sharing aloud.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461427
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

For years DANIEL SAN SOUCI has written and illustrated other people's stories. Now, with the Clubhouse series, he tells stories from his own youth. Daniel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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