The truth about martians

Mylo never really believed in Martians, unless they had a starring role in one of his comic books. But then a flying saucer crash-lands next to his Roswell, New Mexico, ranch, and he starts to hear voices–like someone is asking for his help.


With his best friend Dibs and crush Gracie by his side, and his Cracker Jack superhero membership card in his pocket, Mylo sets out on an epic adventure to investigate the crash and find the Martians. But he and his friends end up discovering more about the universe than they ever could have imagined.


  • Mylo Affinito
    Superhero Savant
  • Dibson Tiberius Butte
    Intercosmically Infatuated

Awards and Recognition

Readers, especially those who have experienced loss themselves, will identify with strong, good, self-doubting Mylo, who narrates his sometimes funny story. Lovers of historical fiction will be at home.

Kirkus Reviews

Cryptozoological Excursions

Roswell, New Mexico


Melissa believes that one of the great privileges about being a middle grade author is that she has the opportunity to speak with so many young people about the power of story. She has given presentations to both small and large groups on the process of writing, editing and publishing a book, as well as book discussion groups and writing workshops.


Please contact her about how she might contribute to your reading/writing curriculum with a presentation, workshop or book discussion group.

7972 Victoria Drive, #360

Victoria, Minnesota 55386-7728

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