The family adventure of a lifetime begins!
Book One of the Steampunk Series, "The Jupiter Chronicles"
FIND YOUR DESTINY
It is the year 1892 and Ian and Callie Castillo have had to suffer the hardships of a single parent family since their father went missing five years ago. Since then Ian has refused to use the last gift that his father left the wounded boy; a telescope that sits collecting dust in the attic.
When Callie decides to peer through its murky lens, it activates the device and sends the Castillos to the steam-powered floating cities of Jupiter where they discover the secret behind their father's disappearance. But can they uncover the secret behind the Red Spot and save the Jovians before the Martians launch their attack?
Cover by Eve Milady and Ben Fosselman of Magnetic Dreams Animation Studios (Iron Man:Extremis, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers, Sesame Street).
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.30(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
He's the author of the Haven: The Graphic Novel and Haven of Dante.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This is the first book in a new steampunk series for children. I loved it! Ian and Callie Castillo are fun characters. Ian is twelve and Callie is 9. Ian is an extremely serious young man. It's not been easy growing up without his father. I absolutely LOVE Callie! She is more relaxed and has a funny sense of humour. This is a fun steampunk novel for children. The story is an amazing adventure that see's Ian and Callie travelling to Jupiter and getting into all sorts of trouble after their father had disappeared five years before. The author's imagination in mixing reality and fantasy has created an exciting adventure that had me turning the pages! Steampunk is a relatively new genre for me, and I was amazed at how the author brought the concept into the story without detracting from the storyline. However, my analytic mind was a little skeptical as to how the weapons and other instruments worked with steam, considering the lack of water containment. But, since I am a little older than the target market, I suppose that mixing the two concepts - old and modern - gave this story an otherworldly feel. I loved Callie's little journal entries, which had me giggling - I could just imagine her saying these things and, although I don't have a brother, only two sisters, they would have been something I would have said as a youngster about an older sibling. There are some really scary bad guys that sent a shiver up my back! I certainly wouldn't want to meet these characters in the flesh! Emperor Phobos is a megalomaniac of the first order and is not very nice. There is also some light entertainment that will appeal to youngsters in the form of a Doomslayer (a kind of robotic soldier) called Francisus Flatulus Ferdinand. As you can guess from his name, he has a slight bodily dis-function. The story is also peppered with some facts about Jupiter and her moons that will educate the readers and hopefully, engage them in learning about the solar system. The end of the story finishes on a slight twist, and I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Leonardo Ramirez has written a fantastic steampunk novel that was fast paced and exciting enough to keep even the most fidgety youngster enthralled. This is an author I will be keeping an eye on in the future. I highly recommend this book to younger readers aged 5 to 7 as a bedtime story, 7 to 10 year old's as a read along (or read alone depending on reading ability), and 10 to 12 year old's. I also recommend this book to adults who love younger YA or steampunk genres. - Lynn Worton
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot by Leonardo Ramirez is an adventure story revolving around Ian and Callie Castillo. Both of them have been brought up by a single parent since their father went missing five years ago. Ian's most precious gift is a telescope that was given to him by his father. Callie tries to activate it and send it to Jupiter to rescue their father who was kidnapped on Jupiter. This new genre, Steampunk, will leave readers captivated by the kids' adventures. The imagery, the characters, the intrigue, and the action make it a memorable read. This adventurous story is fast paced and an engaging read. The transformation of the telescope into a space ship and Ian and Callie's trip to Jupiter will really thrill young readers. The presence of steam engines, gadgets, and planet Jupiter makes it a fun story. The characters of Ian and Callie are portrayed and developed well and the other characters in the story also make their presence felt. The author has managed to write a simple story with a science fiction theme that is intriguing, and at the same time not too complicated. The author has done an excellent job and the 'Jupiter Facts' at the end of the book are very informative for children. A thrilling science fiction story filled with excitement and mystery.
Ramirez enjoys his world, it’s easy to tell. There’s enough steam engines and gadgets, gears and wishful thinking for any young reader to love in The Jupiter Chronicles, without too many details over the head of nine to eleven-year-olds. Young readers join Callie and Ian as they blast off in a mystery mission to Jupiter where they encounter the false lizard emperor, robots, and other cool gadgets. The gadgets and creatures not only help them learn the secret of the red spot, something that Ian’s wondered about since his dad disappeared five years ago, but save that world. A nice read, a little less than a hundred pages, geared toward middle graders, Ramirez also packs in some fun facts about real people like Nikola Tesla and some art from the book. What might these machines have looked like? The story is told from the children’s viewpoint, and keeps the reader turning pages with nice action. Those who enjoy quest stories, gadgets, space travel, and bloodless shoot ’em up video games will like this story. Beautiful cover. The date of the setting is mentioned in the book description on the author’s website and online retailers, but not in the book. Ramirez’s website is packed with fun things to do, and a guide for educators who might want to schedule a visit. Children are also invited to send in artwork.
This an excellent book and I highly recommend it. I picked up this book because I thought my older son would enjoy it. As a mom, I can related to sibling rivalry that I saw between Callie and Ian. Callie decided to sneak out of her bedroom one night and venture up to the attic. While in the attic her brother happened to hear her and came in to see what she was doing, all of a sudden Callie accidentally bumped the telescope and they were transported off to a third world. In this new world, they met some strange characters and eventually ran into their father who has been missing for many years.