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Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine days following his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people -- engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists -- joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.
Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing. *2018 Junior Library Guild Selection



About the Author

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. A Mechanical Engineer by degree, Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband. Visit her at www.suzanneslade.com.

Her newest books:
COUNTDOWN: 2979 DAYS TO THE MOON (Releases Sept. 2018)
*Junior Library Guild Selection

ASTRONAUT ANNIE
*Brightly's Best Children's Books (March 2018)

DANGEROUS JANE
*2018 Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of the Year (STARRED Ages 5-9)
*2018 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
*The Washington Post "Books to Help Build Strong Girls"

OUT OF SCHOOL AND INTO NATURE: THE ANNA COMSTOCK STORY
*Kirkus Starred Review
*2018 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
*2018 Amelia Bloomer Recommended List
*2018 Green Earth Book Award Honor Winner
*2017 Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA)
*2017 California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award

THE MUSIC IN GEORGE'S HEAD: GEORGE GERSHWIN CREATES RHAPSODY IN BLUE
*Four Starred Reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers' Weekly, School Library Journal)
*Parents' Choice Gold Award
*Booklist's Top 10 Arts Books for Youth List
*Junior Library Guild Selection
*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Gold Award
*2017 CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
*2017 Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (PreK-3rd)
*2017 Bank Street College of Educ. Best Books of the Year (Ages 5-9)
*2017 Golden Kite Winner for Picture Book Illustration

THE INVENTOR'S SECRET
*2017 NSTA Best STEM Book List
*2016 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM
*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List
*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People
*Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL
*California Reading Assoc. Eureka! Silver Award
*2015 Reading is Fundamental Multicultural Booklist
*2015 Green Prize

THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT
*Junior Library Guild Selection
*Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year
*2016 ILLINOIS READS selection

CLIMBING LINCOLN'S STEPS
*Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
*Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People
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