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  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / General
  • Age Range (years):8 - 12
  • Language:English
  • Pages:136
  • eBook ISBN:9798350921687
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350921670

The Martian Miracle: Ivaan and the Climate Crisis

by Binit Kumar and Ishaan Gupta

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Journey with young Ivaan, a middle school prodigy, as he grapples with life's challenges while being profoundly aware of the looming global warming threat. Raised by a father rooted in science and a spiritually attuned mother, Ivaan's unique upbringing forms the bedrock of his profound insights into environmental science and humanity's essence. Set against a backdrop of unprecedented climatic disasters, Ivaan's school life takes a dramatic turn when an ambitious science project goes awry. The accident causes him to question his friends, his passions, and his own capabilities. But it isn't all gloom! This story is a beacon of hope, urging readers to realize their individual power in combating climate change. Layered within are invaluable life lessons from the Bhagavad Gita that touch upon perseverance, the virtues of forgiveness over vengeance, and the importance of values in our transient world.

At its core, "The Martian Miracle: Ivaan and the Climate Crisis" isn't just a tale of global warming. It's about the warmth of human connection, the heat of life's trials, and the cool resolve to overcome them. Dive in to be inspired, informed, and ignited.


In the heart of New York City, young Ivaan is no ordinary boy. Inspired by his father's research on Martian minerals, Ivaan possesses a keen interest in the sciences. This bond with science only deepens as the consequences of global warming impact his everyday life. Witnessing the devastating effects of climate change, Ivaan becomes deeply concerned about the planet's future.

The narrative intertwines the science of our own world with that of Mars. As Ivaan delves into a Martian sample procured by his father from a past NASA mission, he discovers potential solutions that could help Earth combat its rising temperatures. This Martian revelation propels him to participate in a prestigious science competition, where his innovative project catches the attention of many.

However, the world of science competitions is not without its challenges. Ivaan's budding friendship with Magnus, another student from his school, takes a dark turn when a sudden failure of Ivaan's project leads him to suspect sabotage. Torn between trust and doubt, Ivaan wrestles with emotions of anger, betrayal, and the moral dilemma of vengeance versus forgiveness.

Parallel to this gripping drama is the real-world concern of global warming. The narrative doesn't merely highlight the problems; it dives deep into the science behind why the situation is so dire. It lays out the repercussions of inaction and sheds light on potential solutions. Drawing attention to the often-overlooked greenhouse gas—methane—the book challenges readers to consider lesser-known aspects of the climate crisis.

Poignant life lessons are interspersed with Ivaan's journey. The bond between Ivaan and his parents offers readers insights into the dynamics of parenthood, focusing particularly on the unique relationship shared between a father and son. Ivaan's interactions with his friends showcase the importance of true friendship, loyalty, and the lengths one should go to stand by those they care about. This tale also celebrates the unyielding spirit of his mother. Moral values are at the narrative's heart. Young readers are introduced to the virtues of perseverance and hard work, as well as how to handle setbacks. Forgiveness emerges as a core theme, urging readers to embrace understanding over revenge. Drawing inspiration from the Bhagavad Gita, the story subtly weaves in its teachings, highlighting their timeless relevance.

Set against the backdrop of Mars and Earth, the story seamlessly integrates the mysteries of the universe with the complexities of human emotions. Through Ivaan's eyes, readers witness the catastrophic impacts of global warming and are encouraged to consider their role in addressing this issue. Every individual, the book argues, needs to be a part of the solution.

In essence, "The Martian Miracle: Ivaan and the Climate Crisis" is a tapestry of science, emotion, and moral values. It also serves as a clarion call for action. It captivates with its compelling storyline centered around a brilliant middle schooler, urging readers to introspect, learn, and take action for a better tomorrow.

About the author

Binit Kumar lives in the United States with his wife and son. He has around 16 years of experience in the financial industry working with the largest banks on Wall Street. Outside of his work, he is passionate about photography and traveling. On weekends and during holidays, he enjoys biking, running, and playing tennis and soccer with his son Ishaan. He firmly believes that raising awareness about global warming crisis at a young age is crucial for a sustainable planet, as the younger generation will be instrumental in rectifying the damage caused by previous and current generations.

Born in New Jersey, Ishaan Gupta is now 9 years old and has an intense passion for mathematics that began at the remarkably young age of two and a half. Guided by his instrumental force, his mother, Ishaan developed a prodigious talent for mental math,which gives him a numerical aptitude. Alongside his mathematical prowess, he is an avid reader who possesses an impressive collection of approximately 600 books. For Ishaan, reading is more than a hobby; it is a captivating journey that transports him to realms of imagination, a window to the world. Science fiction, mystery, and fantasy are his favorite genres. Among his favorite series are ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’, ‘Space Case’, ‘Hardy Boys’, ‘Harry Potter’, and ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’. However, he’s equally captivated by books that delve into space exploration and the diverse animals inhabiting our planet.


Ishaan is a staunch supporter of environmental causes, particularly focused on the urgent need for global warming mitigation, and longs for a greener and eco-friendlier planet. Concerned about the impacts of global warming, then 8-year-old Ishaan wrote a letter to the President of the United States, urging action against this critical issue. Soon after, he received an encouraging response from the President, bolstering his belief that even small individual efforts can contribute to the fight against global warming. In Ishaan’s literary and environmental endeavors, a bright future lies ahead, where his love for knowledge and passion for change converge. With an especially profound dedication to global causes, he aspires to inspire others to create a better world for generations to come.

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