Kipton Chronicles

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The Kipton Chronicles are mystery/science fiction books based on real science!

Charles Fontenay, the well-known science fiction author of many stories and novellas, also wrote a series of 18 novels for young adults. The themes, writer's grace, and depth of knowledge that made his earlier work so well-respected are all evident in the exciting Kipton Chronicles.

Kipton is a fourteen-year old girl living in an Earth colony on Mars. Through the series, readers experience her emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Her adventures in solving a number of mysteries gave Mr. Fontenay ample scope to develop his favorite themes: genetics, time dimensions, evolution’s course, democratic ideals, futuristic economic structures, virtual reality, and more. The Kipton Chronicles are at once top-flight entertainment and food for substantial thought.

The series offers three compelling advantages for gifted children:

  • Advanced vocabulary
  • High intellectual demands on the reader
  • An emphasis on the importance of intuition

Winner of the Special Golden Duck Award for literary excellence in science fiction for Kipton as a strong female role model

Winner of the Wollheim Award for outstanding achievement in science fiction writing

“...a charming amateur detective.”Locus Magazine

“...delightfully bright young character in Kipton...marvelous series of literally out-of-this-world mysteries. Good fun and fine reading.” – Ben Bova

"I have Kipton in the classroom library, and the girls really love it, but they won't tell the boys about it. They talk about 'Kipton did this' and 'Kipton did that' for weeks, until the boys finally have to find out for themselves what it's all about." – Sherry Cosby, sixth-grade teacher of the gifted and talented, Fairfax County, Virginia

The Kipton Chronicles are mystery/science fiction books based on real science!

Charles Fontenay, the well-known science fiction author of many stories and novellas, also wrote a series of 18 novels for young adults. The themes, writer's grace, and depth of knowledge that made his earlier work so well-respected are all evident in the exciting Kipton Chronicles.

Kipton is a fourteen-year old girl living in an Earth colony on Mars. Through the series, readers experience her emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Her adventures in solving a number of mysteries gave Mr. Fontenay ample scope to develop his favorite themes: genetics, time dimensions, evolution’s course, democratic ideals, futuristic economic structures, virtual reality, and more. The Kipton Chronicles are at once top-flight entertainment and food for substantial thought.

The series offers three compelling advantages for gifted children:

  • Advanced vocabulary
  • High intellectual demands on the reader
  • An emphasis on the importance of intuition

Winner of the Special Golden Duck Award for literary excellence in science fiction for Kipton as a strong female role model

Winner of the Wollheim Award for outstanding achievement in science fiction writing

“...a charming amateur detective.” – Locus Magazine

“...delightfully bright young character in Kipton...marvelous series of literally out-of-this-world mysteries. Good fun and fine reading.” – Ben Bova

"I have Kipton in the classroom library, and the girls really love it, but they won't tell the boys about it. They talk about 'Kipton did this' and 'Kipton did that' for weeks, until the boys finally have to find out for themselves what it's all about." – Sherry Cosby, sixth-grade teacher of the gifted and talented, Fairfax County, Virginia

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Kipton and Gruff (Book 1)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 1706

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In the first novel of the Kipton series, Kipton is a fourteen-year-old girl, and Gruff is a fully reasoning stuffed teddy bear (an extension of Kipton’s subconsciousness) who talks to Kipton; he is a medium for her thoughts. They become an investigative duo trying to find the murderer of Kipton’s ingenious Uncle Charlie. The setting is an Earth colony on Mars called the Pile, “a huge building covering 200 acres, rising a dozen levels, honeycombed with corridors and residential apartments, and spotted with scientific and commercial complexes.” Here, scientific research is mixed with economic greed. The central figures are Kipton, her father and stepmother Heike, and Kipton's friend Jack. Their characterization is full-bodied; a major focus of the story is their interaction. The plotline is rich with twists, motivations, alternate motivations, and clues.

In the first novel of the Kipton series, Kipton is a fourteen-year-old girl, and Gruff is a fully reasoning stuffed teddy bear (an extension of Kipton’s subconsciousness) who talks to Kipton; he is a medium for her thoughts. They become an investigative duo trying to find the murderer of Kipton’s ingenious Uncle Charlie. The setting is an Earth colony on Mars called the Pile, “a huge building covering 200 acres, rising a dozen levels, honeycombed with corridors and residential apartments, and spotted with scientific and commercial complexes.” Here, scientific research is mixed with economic greed. The central figures are Kipton, her father and stepmother Heike, and Kipton's friend Jack. Their characterization is full-bodied; a major focus of the story is their interaction. The plotline is rich with twists, motivations, alternate motivations, and clues.

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Kipton and the Ovoid (Book 2)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 2834

Price: $14.99
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Life has been discovered on Mars, but before the discoverer can pinpoint the spot for the follow-up scientific crew, he is murdered. His dying act is to draw a picture clue. Kipton uses a knowledge of Latin and nursery rhymes to solve the mystery.

Life has been discovered on Mars, but before the discoverer can pinpoint the spot for the follow-up scientific crew, he is murdered. His dying act is to draw a picture clue. Kipton uses a knowledge of Latin and nursery rhymes to solve the mystery.

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Kipton in Wonderland (Book 3)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3121

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Kipton confronts espionage, assassination, and Martian-style economics in her third adventure. She joins forces with Friedel, a classmate of German origin who has just discovered girls. Together they must solve a murder in a virtual-reality theater.

The Pile’s businesses—those that manufacture, control air and water, and choose what is imported from Earth—are regulated by UNASA. A radical group, Free Mars, espouses the overthrow of UNASA in the name of democracy and self-regulatory free enterprise. Its real aim, however, is to decontrol prices. A UNASA undercover agent has discovered the identity of the company behind Free Mars, but before he can pass on this information, he is murdered in a virtural-reality “Alice in Wonderland” as Kipton and Friedel watch. They see the murder, the murderer, the weapon...or did they? Nothing may be as it seems.

Kipton confronts espionage, assassination, and Martian-style economics in her third adventure. She joins forces with Friedel, a classmate of German origin who has just discovered girls. Together they must solve a murder in a virtual-reality theater.

The Pile’s businesses—those that manufacture, control air and water, and choose what is imported from Earth—are regulated by UNASA. A radical group, Free Mars, espouses the overthrow of UNASA in the name of democracy and self-regulatory free enterprise. Its real aim, however, is to decontrol prices. A UNASA undercover agent has discovered the identity of the company behind Free Mars, but before he can pass on this information, he is murdered in a virtural-reality “Alice in Wonderland” as Kipton and Friedel watch. They see the murder, the murderer, the weapon...or did they? Nothing may be as it seems.

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Kipton and the Monkey's Uncle (Book 4)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3350

Price: $14.99
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Bored with daily life on the Pile, Kipton gladly accepts Nikolai’s invitation to vacation with his family at West O’Mars, his family’s estate outpost a quarter of the way around Mars. Nikolai is of Russian origin. Kipton goes with Dr. Burundi, who was to attend a scientific conference to examine a huge, newly discovered diamond that could be an ancient artifact—proof that Mars had been inhabited. Just as the conference begins, the diamond mysteriously vanishes. Braving a horrible floating head in her room at night, Kipton’s attention to seemingly unrelated details solves the mystery.

Bored with daily life on the Pile, Kipton gladly accepts Nikolai’s invitation to vacation with his family at West O’Mars, his family’s estate outpost a quarter of the way around Mars. Nikolai is of Russian origin. Kipton goes with Dr. Burundi, who was to attend a scientific conference to examine a huge, newly discovered diamond that could be an ancient artifact—proof that Mars had been inhabited. Just as the conference begins, the diamond mysteriously vanishes. Braving a horrible floating head in her room at night, Kipton’s attention to seemingly unrelated details solves the mystery.

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Kipton: Murder on Stage (Book 5)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3377

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Kipton’s class at school is performing a play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, but someone is killed during the performance. The mystery includes a dead body, teacher credentials, student oddities, and mass hypnosis. Kipton takes in all the information and discovers the murderer.

This novel provides a view of some of the educational practices on Mars and of the student culture that is associated with it. It also raises questions about the extent of national culture that is carried from various countries on Earth to Mars.

Kipton’s class at school is performing a play, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, but someone is killed during the performance. The mystery includes a dead body, teacher credentials, student oddities, and mass hypnosis. Kipton takes in all the information and discovers the murderer. 

This novel provides a view of some of the educational practices on Mars and of the student culture that is associated with it. It also raises questions about the extent of national culture that is carried from various countries on Earth to Mars.

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Kipton and the Tower of Time (Book 6)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3474

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Kipton and the Tower of Time chronicles another Kipton visit to West O’Mars, where a mysterious tower seems to offer the possibility of time travel. The Tower of Time gives the appearance of being an ancient artifact, left behind by an advanced civilization that used a set of symbols no one seems able to comprehend. When things go wrong on a trip that Kipton takes with a group of scientists, Kipton is drawn into solving yet another mystery.

Kipton and the Tower of Time chronicles another Kipton visit to West O’Mars, where a mysterious tower seems to offer the possibility of time travel. The Tower of Time gives the appearance of being an ancient artifact, left behind by an advanced civilization that used a set of symbols no one seems able to comprehend. When things go wrong on a trip that Kipton takes with a group of scientists, Kipton is drawn into solving yet another mystery.

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Kipton and the Christmas Gift (Book 7)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3563

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Kipton meets some children whose widowed mother does not have the means to provide a happy Christmas. Christmas is not a universal holiday on Mars because it must be reckoned from the terrestrial calendar and falls twice in the Martian year. However, Kipton and her friends arrange a Christmas for the children. But when a Shakespeare-quoting, rotund scientist playing Santa falls over dead, Christmas assumes new meaning for Kipton. And when Jack appears with mistletoe, we know that Kipton is growing up. Also, for the first time, she has the full backing of her father in her sleuthing.

Kipton meets some children whose widowed mother does not have the means to provide a happy Christmas. Christmas is not a universal holiday on Mars because it must be reckoned from the terrestrial calendar and falls twice in the Martian year. However, Kipton and her friends arrange a Christmas for the children. But when a Shakespeare-quoting, rotund scientist playing Santa falls over dead, Christmas assumes new meaning for Kipton. And when Jack appears with mistletoe, we know that Kipton is growing up. Also, for the first time, she has the full backing of her father in her sleuthing.

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Kipton and the Android (Book 8)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3830

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Kipton and the Android is an intellectually challenging mystery. An android kills its creator in violation of its commandments, setting Kipton on an investigation that stretches her as she considers the logical and philosophical implications of the murder. The book simultaneously explores the language of flowers.

Kipton and the Android is an intellectually challenging mystery. An android kills its creator in violation of its commandments, setting Kipton on an investigation that stretches her as she considers the logical and philosophical implications of the murder. The book simultaneously explores the language of flowers.

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Kipton and the I Ching (Book 9)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3859

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Order code: 3859S

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This book provides an introduction to Chinese culture as the Martians experience the thrust of the Chinese government to gain a solid foothold on Mars by building a monorail between two colonies. The leader of the Chinese enterprise is murdered just after his daughter announces that she intends to marry a man against her father’s wishes. The murder occurs at Kipton’s birthday party, and all of her guests are suspects.

This book provides an introduction to Chinese culture as the Martians experience the thrust of the Chinese government to gain a solid foothold on Mars by building a monorail between two colonies. The leader of the Chinese enterprise is murdered just after his daughter announces that she intends to marry a man against her father’s wishes. The murder occurs at Kipton’s birthday party, and all of her guests are suspects.

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Kipton and the Voodoo Curse (Book 10)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 389X

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To solve a crime involving naturally occurring poisons and their uses, Kipton strives to develop an understanding of another of Earth’s cultures as it has been transported to Mars. This time, her good friend Daphne is in love with an older man, who becomes the target of a voodoo curse.

To solve a crime involving naturally occurring poisons and their uses, Kipton strives to develop an understanding of another of Earth’s cultures as it has been transported to Mars. This time, her good friend Daphne is in love with an older man, who becomes the target of a voodoo curse.

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Kipton and the Caves of Mars (Book 11)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3911

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An expedition to study plant and animal lifeforms discovered in a cave forces decisions by the expedition about whether it will pursue a scientific or intuitive approach to attempt to communicate with the lifeforms, and readers are nudged by proponents of both methods to take a side. When a member of the expedition is killed, Kipton is on familiar footing investigating the murder. In the course of her activities, she makes contact with the Martian lifeforms—and gets help from them.

An expedition to study plant and animal lifeforms discovered in a cave forces decisions by the expedition about whether it will pursue a scientific or intuitive approach to attempt to communicate with the lifeforms, and readers are nudged by proponents of both methods to take a side. When a member of the expedition is killed, Kipton is on familiar footing investigating the murder. In the course of her activities, she makes contact with the Martian lifeforms—and gets help from them.

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Kipton and the Monorail Murder (Book 12)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4187

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Kipton and her good friend Akimi are off to a distant habitat to sell androids to an industrialist who has an expansive vision of Mars's future. On their return journey, a chance companion on the monorail dies, and Kipton soon learns that the young victim was an agent investigating the very industrialist they had met with. This time it is with the blessings of the authorities and her father that Kipton swings into investigative action.

Kipton and her good friend Akimi are off to a distant habitat to sell androids to an industrialist who has an expansive vision of Mars's future. On their return journey, a chance companion on the monorail dies, and Kipton soon learns that the young victim was an agent investigating the very industrialist they had met with. This time it is with the blessings of the authorities and her father that Kipton swings into investigative action.

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Kipton on Phobos (Book 13)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4160

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Kipton takes part in an expedition to one of the Martian moons. There, the party encounters an extremely low gravity, which presents dangers of flying away forever into space. And unaccountably, there are dinosaurs on Phobos! It all becomes a mystery that only Kipton can solve.

Kipton takes part in an expedition to one of the Martian moons. There, the party encounters an extremely low gravity, which presents dangers of flying away forever into space. And unaccountably, there are dinosaurs on Phobos! It all becomes a mystery that only Kipton can solve.

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Kipton at the Martian Games (Book 14)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 3962

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Sporting competitions are geared to Martian gravity and the colonists' lifestyles. These are the first games on Mars, based on the Olympic games on Earth, and emotions run high. A handsome, dark stranger seems to steal Kipton’s heart, until a murder puts things back into perspective.

Sporting competitions are geared to Martian gravity and the colonists' lifestyles. These are the first games on Mars, based on the Olympic games on Earth, and emotions run high. A handsome, dark stranger seems to steal Kipton’s heart, until a murder puts things back into perspective.

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Kipton and the Matter Transmitter (Book 15)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4551

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Scientists on Mars seem to have solved the problem of transmitting matter. However, their machine is blamed for the disappearance of a scientist with his papers. Kipton and Gruff run the risk of disappearing similarly, but everyone is together at the end. And Jack finally asks for Kipton’s hand in marriage.

Scientists on Mars seem to have solved the problem of transmitting matter. However, their machine is blamed for the disappearance of a scientist with his papers. Kipton and Gruff run the risk of disappearing similarly, but everyone is together at the end. And Jack finally asks for Kipton’s hand in marriage.

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Kipton and the Martian Maidens (Book 16)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4179

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Kipton is one of the founders of Martian Maidens, a group modeled on the Girl Scouts on Earth. Kipton, now in her late teens, befriends a young girl, Kellianne, who has many of Kipton's detecting qualities. The two girls work together when death interrupts the camping trip that Kipton has helped to arrange.

Kipton is one of the founders of Martian Maidens, a group modeled on the Girl Scouts on Earth. Kipton, now in her late teens, befriends a young girl, Kellianne, who has many of Kipton's detecting qualities. The two girls work together when death interrupts the camping trip that Kipton has helped to arrange.

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Kipton and the Delusions of Tante Else (Book 17)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 456X

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Kipton is visiting universities to try to decide where she will go for her higher education. Things take a turn for the worse at one institution of higher learning, and Kipton is forced to give a course of instruction in investigation. Kellianne is among Kipton's "students," and she continues to learn from Kipton.

Kipton is visiting universities to try to decide where she will go for her higher education. Things take a turn for the worse at one institution of higher learning, and Kipton is forced to give a course of instruction in investigation. Kellianne is among Kipton's "students," and she continues to learn from Kipton.

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Kipton and the Riddle of Sandstone (Book 18)

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 4578

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Kipton has gone to university, where she finds adults who are as prone to mischief and mayhem as those everywhere else she has been. At the end of the story, Kipton gives Gruff to Kellianne, effectively passing the baton of her unofficial position of girl detective on Mars to the younger detective.

Kipton has gone to university, where she finds adults who are as prone to mischief and mayhem as those everywhere else she has been. At the end of the story, Kipton gives Gruff to Kellianne, effectively passing the baton of her unofficial position of girl detective on Mars to the younger detective.

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Set of All 18 Kipton Chronicles Books

Author: Fontenay, Charles L.

Subjects: Science Fiction; Girl Hero

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: CF01

Price: $100.00

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Save $88 by ordering the full set of 18 Kipton Chronicles books for $100.00.

Save $88 by ordering the full set of 18 Kipton Chronicles books for $100.00.

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