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Escape from Earth: Voyages through Time

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Exploring the universe has always been a dream of humans and, especially for the last 50 years, a constant aim of science. From the early days of rocketry to the creative minds of science fiction writers, Escape from Earth covers the thrilling history of humans venturing into space.

Peter Ackroyd's Voyages Through Time is a series of highly illustrated nonfiction books that illuminate the world's defining eras of history-from our humble beginnings to the exploration of space. ...

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Overview

Exploring the universe has always been a dream of humans and, especially for the last 50 years, a constant aim of science. From the early days of rocketry to the creative minds of science fiction writers, Escape from Earth covers the thrilling history of humans venturing into space.

Peter Ackroyd's Voyages Through Time is a series of highly illustrated nonfiction books that illuminate the world's defining eras of history-from our humble beginnings to the exploration of space. Written in a fresh, bold narrative, this series is sure to become a publishing classic.

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Publishers Weekly
In the detailed account of man's efforts to reach the stars, Voyages Through Time: Escape from Earth by British biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd, a companion to The Beginning, Ackroyd examines the triumphs and tragedies of mankind's explorations of space. Side topics include the effects of zero gravity, space-related scientific advancements and humanity's future in the galaxy. With brilliant photos and illustrations, the book will capture young imaginations, just as the heavens themselves have for generations. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This first entry in the "Voyages Through Time" series allows Ackroyd to discuss in an encyclopedic manner a century of space travel beginning with early rockets, the mid-century arms race, Chuck Yeager's breaking the sound barrier, and the launching of the world's first satellite in 1957 by the Russians. Twelve chapters cover early and later space missions, and the politics of the times that influenced space experiments, travel, and timelines. Chapters examine in depth the fulfillment of President Kennedy's promise to land a man on the moon by 1968; the near-disastrous landing of Apollo 13 (the Challenger disaster in 1986 gets a double page account within a chapter on "Living in Space"); unmanned explorers such as Voyager 1 and 2; and two speculative chapters on "Colonizing Space" and "The Future in Space." Readers are brought full circle as Ackroyd begins the book with Jules Verne's quote that what "one may imagine, another may achieve." Photographs of space explorations, gear, and people are augmented by substantial picture captions. This is a fun book to browse. A minimal index is included (e.g., Christa McAuliffe is mentioned in the text, a name many readers will recognize, but she is not indexed). Included in the valuable and hefty reference section are a glossary, handy "Space Facts," a well-annotated timeline of "Space Exploration," an overview of six moon landings, and a photo section of "Spacecraft." This information-packed book has enough pizzazz and textual clout to satisfy the would-be middle school astronaut while interesting the high school browser and informing any report writer, as well. 2003, DK Publishing, Ages 12 to 16.
—SusanHepler, Ph.D.
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Gr 6 Up-This companion to The Beginning (DK, 2003) is a visual and factual delight. The author details man's exploration of space, both past and present, and speculates on future developments. In addition to a chronology of events, there are profiles of significant astronauts and scientists who have contributed to space and technology history. Exquisite full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations fill the pages, lending visual interest to the well-written text. A reference section gives detailed facts about space exploration, the Moon landings, spacecraft, and our planets and galaxy. The beautiful way in which the text and photos are merged pulls readers in. Even the cover looks nearly three-dimensional and is sure to attract attention. While the text is substantial and will serve the research needs of students, the book is interesting enough to entice even reluctant readers. The only disappointment is that no source notes, bibliography, or list for further reading is provided.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756601713
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Voyages Through Time Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Ackroyd is a highly acclaimed historian, biographer, poet, and novelist. He was born in London and studied at both Cambridge and Yale universities. His books include The Great Fire of London, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, T.S. Eliot: A Life, and London: The Biography.

This is his first series with DK and his first work for children.

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