2979 Days to the Moon
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 that followed 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 learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 144
Size: 10″ x 11″
Age Range: 10+
F&P: X, Gr 6, Genre I
Themes: Exploration, Failure, Process, Space, Verse
BISAC 1: JNF051010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
BISAC 2: JNF025080 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Exploration & Discovery
BISAC 3: JNF025210 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
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“Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Captivating free-verse narrative…vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives…this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind’s most impressive undertakings.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Stunning… Slade’s carefully crafted, often alliterative text, written in free verse, is both succinct and readable, drawing this large topic down to the most necessary and interesting facts with enough detail to excite young teens as well as adults who may have lived through the missions.… Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“A grand…tale about a magnificent effort. A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] book that will captivate and entertain young readers while educating them about an amazing decade of U.S. space exploration…In the 21st century, space travel goals aim much further away than the moon, but Countdown drives home how truly incredible the Apollo missions are in the history of mankind.” ―Shelf Awareness
Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC, 2019
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2018
Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2018
Beehive Award (Poetry Nominee) ―Children’s Literature Association of Utah, 2020
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2019
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Meet the Illustrator
Thomas Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald’s, in addition to illustrating children’s books. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.