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He has trouble following the rules on Earth, but Jupiter’s moon could kill his curiosity for good…

Thirteen-year-old Max Parker is a grounded Earthling with the soul of a space explorer. So when he learns his family is relocating to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, he readily agrees to stay out of trouble. But his promise is soon forgotten, and his snooping lands him on a shuttle
Paperback, 298 pages
Published January 25th 2020 by Moon Zoom Press
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Feb 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a nice Middle Grade story taking place in space. The aspect of friendship was one of the things I liked most. There were some things, in my opinion, that needed a bit of work, but I'm sure that this is a great debut for Myles Christensen. I can easily picture the kids in my classroom devouring this book.

A longer review can be found at BiteIntoBooks

This is one of those books that can be liked by
Christi M
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although this gives every appearance of being a book that introduces middle grade children to the science fiction genre, make no mistake this is most definitely an introduction to the thriller genre as well.

The premise of this series is that a new city is being built on Europa. The fathers of 13-year-old Max and his friend Jonathan had previously been part of a Europa base that had been destroyed in an explosion and they are now being asked to come back with their families and live
Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for tween readers-fast paced, humorous, descriptive and some innocent romance all thrown together in a thriller/mystery/sci fi appropriate for younger readers.
The protagonist, Max, is a boy on the cusp of childhood and his teenage years, still living in a world of fantasy, but developing more mature emotions and feelings. Surrounded by a diverse set of friends who are loyal and gracious, Max indulges himself in reckless spy adventures. Next thing he knows, he & his
Trevor Williams
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
If there was one word I'd use to describe this novel's protagonist, Max, it would be "endearing." Maybe that's because I was once a thirteen-going-on-fourteen year-old who had a wild imagination, the best friend who would always tag along on my antics (nothing quite like Max, though), and was quite awkward when dealing with the opposite sex. Before getting into the meat of my review, I wanted to share this detail because for a large portion of Frozen Secrets I couldn't help but smile at the ...more
Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book is available now.

Funny story: I couldn’t find this book one afternoon. I looked in all the usual places that I “lose” things, but I still couldn’t find it. Guess where it was? In the hands of my sixth grader, who was very interested in reading it. That’s a pretty high recommendation for the book just right there. I have a feeling he’ll be curled up with it soon.

This book follows Max and
Myles Christensen
Feb 12, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: space-opera
This "reading" of my book was actually tracking as I read it to my 8 & 11 year-old boys. I'm not going to leave a rating, because that would be too self-serving (just know, it would definitely be a 5 :)

Actually, the biggest complaint I got from my youngest boys was that I kept putting the characters in scary or high anxiety situations. And apparently I got the chapter endings right, because they would frequently yell "Noooo!!" as I would close the book to stop reading for the night. There
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received and ARC of this book from the publisher through a giveaway hosted in GoodReads.

Frozen Secrets is an adventure from start to finish. Opening with their attempt to fly a jetpack they rebuilt themselves, Max Parker and Johnathan Perez have no idea that their lives will soon be changed drastically. Shortly after making friends with a young pilot after he rescues them from an awkward situation in an abandoned space facility, the boys learn that their families will soon be moving to a new
Literary Portals
What Made Me Read It I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The author described it as a "teen science fiction story perfect for readers who like spunky characters and exciting adventures in space, filled with fearless friends, high-orbit mysteries, and immersive worlds". It sounded like something I would enjoy reading so I decided to give it a go.

The Plot In the near future, the discovery of the Catarium fusion led to the formation of the World Alliance and the
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* I was asked to review this book by the author, but my opinions are my own.

If you get nothing else of this review, understand this: This book was absolutely amazing! I was genuinely afraid for the characters' lives, rooting for their friendships and super-secret spy adventures to go well, and basically having the time of my life.
In this novel, our spunky protagonist Max and his family move to the newly built colony on Europa (one of Jupiter's moons) where his penchant for trouble-making gets
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Frozen Secrets through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Frozen Secrets is Myles Christensen’s debut novel, and it is a space adventure perfect for anybody looking for a little bit of an escape from reality. This science fiction novel is especially perfect for young adults and younger, as it is very approachable.

Max Parker is one of those kids who is both brilliant and has a knack for getting into trouble. That makes him a handful, even on Earth. But now
Erin Kahn
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mystery in space? Sign me up!

The climax is an Iditarod race across the frozen surface of Jupiter's moon?

Even better!

From page one, I knew this was going to be a fun, action packed book.

It starts off with two kids trying to launch an antique jetpack that they rebuilt.

In Jonathan's (one of said kids) words: "The fuel lines might leak, the combustion chamber might explode, the nozzles might shear--"

Any number of things could go wrong, and Max (the kid strapped to the jetpack) could very likely
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Frozen Secrets
Author: Myles Christensen
Publisher: Moon Zoom Press
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Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Europa Academy 1
He has trouble following the rules on Earth, but Jupiter’s moon could kill his curiosity for good…

Thirteen-year-old Max Parker is a grounded Earthling with the soul of a space explorer. So when he learns his family is relocating to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, he readily agrees to stay out of trouble. But his promise
M.T. DeSantis
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg, science-fiction
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Read an excerpt and check out an interview with the author on my blog.
Middle grade sci-fi/fantasy is very much my jam, so when I got the opportunity to read Frozen Secrets, I jumped on it. Gotta say, I wasn’t disappointed. There are great friendships, fantastic adventures, big troubles, and amazing worlds—basically, everything I know and love about mg. Looking forward to the sequel!
The book takes place on Europa,
Pages For Thoughts
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The concept fascinated me since I learned in Astronomy about how Europa has a large potential for life and mineral resources. Just a few weeks ago NASA discovered the presence of water vapor. I enjoyed the author's invention of new hydrogen isotopes, elements, and molecules, like Catarium, Xenite, and Xenium. I was actually shocked to realize that the science mentioned wasn't real! It was clever how they were modeled after Xenon tri-Oxide since that isotope plays a large role in nuclear fusion. ...more
Liz Griffin
Feb 10, 2020 is currently reading it
I received an early release print copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Disclaimer: I don't read a lot of Middle Grade, and the age of the protagonist puts this book right on the brink between MG and YA, but the book's length/size and some of the content (some mild violence/peril, pretty sophisticated science fiction elements) makes it lean more toward YA. It's self-categorized as "Teen Science Fiction", but tagged as both MG and YA on NetGalley. So this is just a
Brett Armstrong
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of middle grade adventure and sci-fi stories
Thanks to my wife being a middle school teacher, I've been reading more middle grade fiction lately. From what I've seen via book fair catalogs and out on the shelves of stores, I get the impression that sci-fi like Frozen Secrets is a comparative a rarity. Secret agencies and exploring Europa--I had to check this out.
The short of it is I really enjoyed Mr. Christenson's debut novel. There was tension, high stakes danger, and the secret org villains weren't cookie-cutter bad guys. The
4-4.5 stars, but I'll bump it up because I want to support this author. This was a very enjoyable science fiction adventure/mystery that I think most middle school students would enjoy. The main character was likeable (as well as incorrigible and exasperating), but quite endearing, and there was just enough depths to him that made him a kid that was both interesting and one that learned as the novel went along. I liked the supporting cast of characters as well, and even learned to appreciate ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book, I was surprised at the reading level, which I had expected to be higher. However, as I continued to read, I found myself impressed by both the author's writing talent and the story line. In fact, it had my heart beating faster in a few places.

While I probably wouldn't choose to read this as an adult, I would absolutely recommend for children 8 to 14, depending on their reading level.

The book is squeaky clean with no swearing. It has a mild murder mystery
Kristen (The Brunette Bookworm)
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Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This is an action-packed space adventure that might just be the ticket for those who like their reads to be fast-paced with plenty of secret spy activity.

Max Parker is the 13-year-old son of an astronaut; and although he loves everything space and adventure, he has never left Earth. That is until his family is chosen to live on Europa, a moon of the planet Jupiter. From the first, it's clear to Max that everything on Europa is not quite as it should be. Suspicious teachers, an abandoned base,
Tonja Drecker
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I was excited to get a copy of this one and dive in, since it's been awhile since I've read a good middle grade scifi novel.

Thirteen-year-old Max is excited to get to leave Earth and live on one of Jupiter's moons. There, he meets some new friends, but thanks to his curious spirit, gets stuck on a shuttle on its way to be destroyed. He's convinced this isn't an accident but a plot to cover up a theft. Can he discover the truth?

This is one of those lovely scifis which leaves Earth behind and
Sarah Davalt
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-tbr
I received this book as an Advanced Reader's Copy (ARC) through NetGalley. It will be published January 25, 2020.
Max is the son of an astronaut, his father’s last mission was 13 year ago on Jupiter’s moon Europa, there was an explosion an three people died. Max and his best friend Jonathan, also an astronaut’s son, are caught using a jetpack they rebuilt and make friends with a space shuttle driver Jake. Then it is decided that Max’s family will be one of families to settle in the new Europa
Sidney Public Library
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frozen Secrets by Myles Christensen
Europa Academy Book One
I felt that this book was a modern day Hardy Boys mystery. Max and his group of friends definitely find trouble and mystery in all their adventures in Europa a settlement on a moon. The author is very detailed in his description and explanations of the world this settlement inhabits. Children’s imagination will be inspired with the descriptions. The added budding romance will give the reader insight into feelings of the young as they
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Earc from netgalley.

It was an okay book, there was plenty of action for those who like futuristic space novels.
Kendall Miller
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book I will recommend it to anyone that likkes sci-fi, Ioved the characters, it had a surpriseingly endining

I recieved an arc and I am leaving this review voluntarily
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Myles Christensen loves to write exciting adventures because he loves to read exciting adventures. The hopeless romantic in him will usually sprinkle a teensy bit of romance into his stories. While writing, he listens to music that matches—and sometimes inspires—the storyline.

His mild-mannered alter ego is a product development engineer, university professor, and game inventor. He lives in Utah