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This Is Rocket Science by Gloria Skurzynski

This Is Rocket Science

  • Hardcover $18.95

    Apr 13, 2010 | 80 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

  • Hardcover $28.90

    Apr 13, 2010 | 80 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

  • Ebook $9.99

    Apr 13, 2010 | 64 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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Gloria Skurzynski does something unique here by writing about the early development of rocket science itself, and includes the work of scientists from a variety of countries including Russia and Germany. She starts with the history of rocketry, going back to China’s development of gunpowder and Italy’s embrace of fireworks (more valuable trivia: the word rocket is based on the Italian word rocce, which means “long thin tube”), and then moves forward into the interesting coincidence that many early rocket scientists were fans of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Is that cool or what?—Colleen Mondor,

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