T-Minus: The Race to the Moon

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Graphic fictionalized retelling of the moon landing timed for the fortieth anniversary!

In T-Minus the exciting story of two world superpowers racing to land a man on the moon is depicted through compelling comics artwork, taking readers through the history of the race and turning the engineers and astronauts involved into vivid and real characters. The story unfolds through the eyes of the figures working behind the scenes to make this miracle happen, showing every triumph and ...

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Overview

Graphic fictionalized retelling of the moon landing timed for the fortieth anniversary!

In T-Minus the exciting story of two world superpowers racing to land a man on the moon is depicted through compelling comics artwork, taking readers through the history of the race and turning the engineers and astronauts involved into vivid and real characters. The story unfolds through the eyes of the figures working behind the scenes to make this miracle happen, showing every triumph and catastrophe along the way, and culminating in the dramatic event itself.

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Editorial Reviews

Jack Shafer
T-Minus captures the optimism and courage of both countries' space pioneers, making it an ideal entry point for new readers intrigued by the topic. Space know-it-alls will learn something, too.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Plenty of children's books have told stories about the space race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. during the late fifties and sixties, and many have focused on the final moments when Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walked on the moon. But few have focused on the tedious, obsessive, and occasionally disturbing events that took place behind the scenes as both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. rushed their engineers, scientists and astronauts to win the space race. In this new graphic novel, comic book creators Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon focus on the contributions of pivotal people on both sides of the space race, including German rocket designer Wernher von Braun (chief architect of the U.S.'s Saturn V launch vehicle) and Sergei Pavlovich Korolev (widely regarded as the founder of the Soviet space program). It is an intriguing piece of historical fiction—based on NASA library materials, mission transcripts and oral histories—that acknowledges both the wonders of space travel and the lives lost (often in awful ways) in the race to put men on the moon. Reviewer: Michael Jung
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up–Beginning 12 years before the lunar landing, this book chronicles the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union through a catalog of both countries’ multiple attempts on the road to manned spaceflight. Organized as a countdown, making the outcome seem inevitable, the frequent, prominent sidebars list a type of rocket, the duration of its flight, and whether the mission was a success or a failure. There are more than 30 attempts chronicled, and the shift between Soviet and U.S. successes creates an interesting balance in the narrative. Ottaviani credits the early Russian successes to chief designer Korolev, and his influence and personal vision fill the first half of the book. The American portion of the narrative lacks a parallel central architect, with the text focusing less on process and more on the majesty, beauty, and peril of simply being in space. The story is necessarily condensed–the author notes that approximately 400,000 people worked on the U.S. projects overall–but plentiful information is provided in the numerous panels and explanatory captions per page. The copious detail will appeal to some, and certainly helps to underscore the meticulous research that went into this undertaking. Ottaviani is particular with facts and eager to inspire readers with regard to the scientific process.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416986829
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/19/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Ottaviani
, a former engineer who is now a librarian at the University of Michigan, has garnered numerous nominations and awards (including Eisner and ALA/YALSA nods) for his graphic novels about science. He speaks regularly on comics in venues ranging from local schools to Stockholm’s Nobel Museum. Jim lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon
(no relation) have worked together since 2004, illustrating such books as Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards and The Stuff of Life. Zander earned two Eisner awards for his work on the Top Ten series. Both Cannons reside in Minneapolis.

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