Polly Newton has a plan. She wants to be a starship pilot and travel the galaxy. Her mother, the director of the Mars Colony, also has a plan. She wants to send Polly and her twin brother, Charles, to the Galileo Academy on Earth so they can network with the children of the rich and powerful.

Guess who wins that argument?

Homesick and physically in pain due to the change in gravity, Polly has difficulties in adjusting to the restrictions of the school and the attitudes of the students. When accidents start to happen, Polly thinks that Charles is right – there is something strange going on. With her brother’s help, Polly is determined to find out the truth.

No matter what.



If you liked this book, try one of the following books. All of them have some aspect similar to Martians Abroad.

Dove Chronicles series: Dove Arising, Dove Exiled, and Dove Alight by Karen Bao

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Mythos Academy series: Touch of Frost, Kiss of Frost, Dark Frost, Crimson Frost, Midnight Frost, and Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Time Quintet series: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Harper Hall Trilogy series: Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, and Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey

Song of the Lioness series: Alanna, In the Hand of the Goddess, Woman Who Rides Like a Man, and Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

The Martian by Andy Weir


What books would you recommend that are similar in theme?


Elizabeth is an Adult Services Librarian.She has the obligatory cat, but doesn't have a white picket fence around her garden.She has been known to be reading 6 books simultaneously.

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