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Mars Evacuees

Publisher: Puffin Canada
The fact that someone had decided I’d be safer on Mars, where you could still only sort of breathe the air and sort of not get sunburned to death, was a sign that the war with the aliens was not going fantastically well.


I was worried that I was about to be told that my mother’s spacefighter had been shot down, so that when I found out that I was being evacuated to Mars, I was pretty calm.

And, despite everything that happened to me and my friends afterward, I’d do it all again. Because until you have been pursued by terrifying aliens, been taught math by a laser-shooting robot goldfish, and tried to save the galaxy, I don’t think you can say you’ve really lived.

If the same thing happens to you, here’s my advice: always carry duct tape. 

From the Hardcover edition.



When the polar ice advanced as far as Nottingham, my school was closed and I was evacuated to Mars.

Miss Clatworthy called me into her office to tell me about it. I’d had in the back of my mind she might be going to say the aliens had finally shot down my mother’s spacefighter, so on the...

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“Witty and well observed, it injects science fiction with the recognizable everyday experience of ordinary youngsters.” - The Sunday Times (UK)

“Sophia McDougall has created a fascinating world on a realistically terraformed Mars so that even the nerdiest kid should be able to enjoy the story without picking holes in the science.” - The Express & Star (UK)

“This book is exciting, fast-paced, and I really enjoyed it.” - Magnet (UK)

'This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure, full of surprises and fun. I tore through it and loved every minute!' - What (British) kids are saying (, Sam Harper, age 10

'Mars Evacuees is a great book full of action, emotions and great awesome book.' - Charlie Flood ,10

'This book is a science fiction book for those who like maggots that fly around and try to eat you...Mars Evacuees is a book you might want to read.' - Dylan Sweet, age 10

'This book was absolutely brilliant...I would rate this book ten out of ten stars. It is awesome I hope they write another one.' - Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11

'The book was very descriptive about the planets and space and think it would appeal to girls who like science fiction and space adventures. I enjoyed reading this book.' - Jasmine Harris-Hart, age 11

'This book is a real page-turner, I couldn't stop reading! I think this book is very cleverly worded, making it seem like the reader is actually stuck on Mars. I laughed pretty much all the way through!' - Abigail Smart, age 11