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Welcome to Stories in Science, home of author and science enthusiast J.G. Kemp and The Journals of Evergreen Isle book series.  You can also follow the book series on Facebook for news, updates, information about the island, extra journal entries by the characters, chances to win stuff, and more!

frontcover265x400Book One, Mary Andromeda and the Amazing Eye, in which 11-year old Mary Andromeda comes to the island, begins to unravel the secrets of her past, and discovers the wonders of a hidden observatory, is available in print, and as an ebook through Kindle

Mary Andromeda and the Amazing Eye

frontcover265x400Like the mythical princess Andromeda, who was chained to a rock and left to be devoured by a terrible sea monster, 11 year old Mary Andromeda is powerless – held captive in her cruel uncle’s mansion since her mother left her, six years ago. But when an unexpected gift and a sudden turn of events brings her to Evergreen Isle, a mysteriously abandoned island-of-science, she begins to learn the truth: about her mother’s departure, the plans of a secret society, and her own place in an ancient family of astronomers.

In the first book of The Journals of Evergreen Isle series, author J.G. Kemp weaves the wonder of astronomy, technology, and science history into a fast-paced, adventure mystery,  set in the near future.

Go to the For Teachers page to read more about the educational content of the book and to see how it can be used in the middle grade classroom, or go to About the Journals to learn more about The Journals of Evergreen Isle book series and science-education fiction.

A peek inside… The Amazing Eye

frontcover265x400Read an excerpt from Mary Andromeda and the Amazing Eye:  a story in science and wonder for readers young and old.  Available in print, and as an ebook through Kindle, Nook, and iBooks.



Mary watched in silence as the dome above her opened, and the telescope ascended from the floor below.  There was a resounding clunk, and the room was silent.  The thought flashed across her mind that the whole island had been a slumbering giant, and the circular room was the giant’s eyeball, and she had awoken it!  Its eye was open!  

Mary knew her mother was an astronomer, and her grandmother, but she had never looked through a telescope, her uncle had forbidden it.  Everything she knew about space she had only read about in books.

In the dim light she admired the telescope’s sleek black surface and its great width—as thick as the trees from the ancient forest she had passed through in the valley below.  On the desk beside her was a large silver dial.  She reached forward and turned it to the left—there was a loud clunk and the whole platform turned, like a carousel, to the left!  She turned the dial to the right—the platform turned to the right!  She felt a sudden thrill of excitement, like she was in control of the island giant—in control of its Amazing Eye.

Mary smiled to herself… and then slowly, she peered into the eyepiece…