The Apollo 13 Missionby Donald B. Lemke, Keith Tucker
Tells the dramatic story of the rescue of the Apollo 13 astronauts. Written in graphic-novel format.
Children's Literature - Kathie M. JosephsBooks written in graphic format are favorites of mine. They are the types of books for students who are reluctant readers and never seem to finish a book on their own. They are also a superb way to introduce nonfiction books to young people. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will enjoy the graphics, exhilarating stories, and fast paced text. The full-color graphics make an enormous influence on the story. The author includes a box on most pages that includes narration that gives extra information to the reader to help with comprehension. This book is part of a new series about disasters in history, and this particular book covers the almost fatal trip of a spacecraft that could have left our astronauts circling in space and not returning to earth. There is much excitement in this story; I would classify it as a definite page-turner. Would the oxygen and water hold out until Apollo returned to earth? Students will learn why Jack Swigert replaced Ken Mattingly on the mission and what actually caused the explosion on board. There are four chapters in just twenty-seven pages and all major facts are well covered. Vocabulary has been well selected, and this book is an excellent resource that could be used for writing a summary, a book report, or a source for research. At the end of the book the author includes two pages of additional information. In addition, there is a "Glossary," "Read More" section, "Internet Sites," "Bibliography," and an "Index." I highly recommend this book for children who want to start their own personal libraries, for classroom and school libraries, and for enticing the reluctant reader.
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