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Mars Is
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Mars Is

Stark Slopes, Silvery Snow, and Startling Surprises

by Suzanne Slade

Award-winning author and NASA rocket engineer Suzanne Slade (Countdown, A Computer Called Katherine) explores the diverse magnificence of Mars in this photo-packed extravaganza.

For young readers eagerly following NASA’s Mars Exploration Program!

For centuries, people have been intrigued by Mars, and over time, scientists have made exciting discoveries, such as the planet’s Earth-like weather and seasons. But curious earthlings want to know more about the Red Planet. Does Mars have deserts? Volcanos? Or signs of life? Could people live there someday?

Scientists decided to take a closer look. They built a powerful camera called the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) and loaded it onto a rocket. The rocket blasted off on August 12, 2005, and seven months later, the camera began orbiting Mars. It sent back surprising, revealing photos showing the world what Mars really is. Now, the world’s space community and NASA have renewed their exploration efforts, and interest in the Red Planet is in high gear.

With elegant, spare prose, award-winning nonfiction author and rocket engineer Suzanne Slade leads readers through some of the stunning photos taken by the most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. A visual feast for space enthusiasts and STEAM fans. Features remarkable full-color photography throughout.

Also by Suzanne Slade:
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon
Dangerous Jane

Format: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-188-1
Publication Date: 4/1/2021
Page Count: 48
Size: 11″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-68263-354-0
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre I
Lexile: 1100L
BISAC 1: JNF051040 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Astronomy
BISAC 2: JNF051010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science

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“Breathtaking…this unique look at Mars’ terrain has something to offer a range of space explorers, from the April Pulley Sayre set, who like their images with short, expressive text, to older picture-book readers, unafraid of sinking their teeth into some real science… The larger, main text is descriptive and poetic, full of satisfying alliteration and consonance…. Each phrase is perfectly paired with its dramatic photo, while the paragraphs offer facts and fascinating statistics…. Informative back matter.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“Readers will be enthralled… The simple narrative and the pictures alone could work well for a younger elementary reader, while older readers could benefit from the additional information…. Because of the dual nature of the text that is understandable by various young readers and the literally out of this world photography, this makes a great addition to elementary school space nonfiction collections.” —School Library Journal

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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.