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Maurice on the Moon based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Maurice on the Moon is a wonderful science fiction novel for the middle grade reader ¿ appropriate as an enjoyable independent read as well as a perfect tool for classroom instruction. Maurice¿s life in a colony on the moon is fascinating and full of accurate scientific information, but the narrative never veers into boring lecture. If we learn about gravity on the moon, oxygen production and CO2 waste, ecosystems, and geological mining, it is because the plot has taken us there ¿ effortlessly and entertainingly. Maurice is a reluctant moon colonist, longing to return to the jeweled planet that hangs motionless in the lunar sky, the planet of his birth. He hatches one hare-brained scheme after another for getting back to earth, often dragging his best friend Cassie along for the ride. Maurice is a delightful protagonist ¿ he¿s inventive and impulsive, stubborn and persistent. His planning skills leave a lot to be desired, for he fails to think his schemes all the way through to their logical conclusion before jumping into them, but in a pinch he doesn¿t lose his head. Mature readers will be able to predict that Maurice gets to Earth eventually and finds it less a paradise than he thought. But no one will be disappointed by his eventual Earth visit or by Maurice¿s hilarious reaction to such things as lakes, mosquitoes, and ¿wild¿ trees. And when Maurice returns home to the moon, the reader welcomes it as much as he does. Currently, I am reading Maurice on the Moon to my fifth grade class as a read aloud to accompany our science unit on space. They love it! I understand that a second book is due out soon, and I look forward to Maurice¿s further adventures on the Doomed Colony of Mars!