Even though the freedom of long summer days may be over, that doesn’t mean adventure and excitement are. While kids may be unhappy about trading video games and sleeping late for homework and routine, it’s still possible for them to escape from real life by enjoying a good book. Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble, by D. Robert Pease is a middle-grade book filled with adventure, excitement, and a lot of fun.
A thousand years in the future, mankind has practically destroyed the Earth, wreaking havoc on its environment and animals before being forced to relocate to Mars and Venus while the Earth slowly recovers. The Zarc family is allowed to travel back in time to save two animals of every species from extinction, and bring them to new habitats on their ship, the ARC–Animal Rescue Cruiser—in order to repopulate the Earth when it is ready. To most people, the Zarcs are interplanetary heroes. To Haon, they are messing with things better left alone in order to steal the Earth from its rightful inhabitants: humans. And Haon will stop at nothing to prevent them.
Twelve-year-old Noah Zarc believes in what his family is doing, but when Haon kidnaps his mother and strands his father in the Ice Age, Noah, his brother Hamilton and his sister Sam are determined to rescue their parents, no matter what. After time-traveling to the Ice Age, Noah has a close encounter with a mammoth that attacks the ship, and befriends an Ice Age girl while Hamilton goes after their mother. He returns with word that Haon has kidnapped their mother to force her to create a nano virus that will destroy all animal life on planet Earth—and everything the Zarc family has worked so hard to save. So begins Noah’s quest to save his mother and the future of animalkind on Earth from Haon’s grasp.
Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble is an adventure-filled journey that jumps from present-day Earth to the Ice Age, Mars, and medieval Scotland. With plenty of advanced tech—from assassin bots to thermsuits to the ARC itself—the future looks like a pretty cool place to be, and Noah’s mission to save his parents, even in the midst of overwhelming danger, proves that things haven’t changed too much, even with mankind scattered amongst the stars. With the heaps of trouble Noah gets into, the prospect of more will keep the reader turning the pages in anticipation as Noah heads towards his inevitable clash with Haon—and discovers some astonishing things about his family along the way.