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2979 Days to the Moon

by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

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.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-013-6
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 144
Size: 10″ x 11″
Age Range: 10+
Language: English
F&P: X, Gr 6, Genre I
Lexile: 940L
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


“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

“A grand…tale about a magnificent effort. A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over one hundred children’s books. She lives in Illinois. You can visit her website here.

Meet the Illustrator

Thomas Gonzalez

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.