Title: I Have a Friend on Jupiter
Published: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications
Author: Celine Rose Mariotti
Carlos and Indiana find a website that promises to find them pen pals from outer space. Imagine their surprise and excitement when they are paired with Mannie and Kossie, two children from Jupiter! The two pairs of pen pals are excited to learn about each other and their planets, and are even more excited to learn they may be able to visit! Will the other Earthlings be as open to a visit from aliens from Jupiter, though?
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about Sci-fi. So who is up for finding a new pen pal from a planet far, far away? That’s just what our two young inquisitive minded children do.
So Indiana and Carlos are best friends and like nothing more than to go searching for new and exciting things on the Internet about anything and everything. The main area that they are interested in is outer space so you can be sure that if it is there they will find it. The search for fascinating facts is never ending; there is always something new to learn and if it is space related they are going to get drawn to it. On one of their searches they happen to come across a website that claims you can write to aliens from outer space. Their first thought is that it can’t really be real but hoax or not they want to give it a try. So Carlos writes an email to see what happens knowing that Indiana will write one herself when she gets home. Whether they get a reply is something else entirely.
On the other side of the galaxy it seems that these emails have gotten through to some like-minded inquisitive aliens around the same age as Indiana and Carlos. Mannie and Kossie want to learn knew and exciting things about other planets and the thought of having friends on one of them is a bonus.
What starts out as innocent pen pal chats turns into a bit a national panic when others get wind of what has been happening and who might be popping in for a visit. Going to the Observatory might be an interesting way to see the stars, and who might be planning a visit, but the people in charge might take it the wrong way.
Can these pen pal friends just meet up without extra drama surrounding them? With aliens wanting to pay a visit you know that’s not going to happen. But these guys are different, not just in looks (hello blue skin and silver hair), so you know they aren’t going to be taken advantage of that easily.
A sweet idealistic story about having a pen pal friend from Jupiter. Real or a hoax these kids want to find out. It is aimed at a younger audience but that doesn’t pull away from the story itself. Fun read with how it all comes about.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.