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Oct 06, 2020 | ISBN 9780525647416

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How We Got to the Moon is a story for the ages–all ages.” —TOM HANKS

“As an astronaut during the Space Shuttle and International Space Station eras, I stood on the shoulders of these innovating pioneers. This fascinating book illuminates the hard work and risks taken in service of one of the crowning achievements of our history in space.” —SCOTT KELLY, former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station

“This spectacular book is going to inspire future generations of problem solvers and dreamers, whether it is to venture back into space or to look more closely at the seemingly overwhelming challenges we confront right here on Earth. Nothing short of stunning!” —DAVID MACAULAY, Caldecott Medal winner and co-creator of the New York Times bestseller The Way Things Work

“The extraordinary passion, ingenuity, and persistence of the 400,000 people who turned an ‘impossible’ dream into reality leap off every page of John Rocco’s beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched, and lucidly written book.” —ANDREW CHAIKIN, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

How We Got to The Moon is for everyone, the thousands on the firing line, those who developed the tools and the dreamers who wrote the books on how it could be done. It captures the time and the people not just for my generation but for all generations to come.” —GENE KRANZ, retired NASA Flight Director of Apollo 11

“Rocco delivers a strikingly beautiful and highly informative account of the United States’s audacious effort to send human beings to the moon.” —The Horn Book, starred review

“This paean to ingenuity and collaboration, which also functions as a rocket science primer, is nothing short of stellar.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

A soaring tribute.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A triumphant undertaking that places readers in the historic moment.” —Booklist, starred review

“A gorgeously illustrated nonfiction book about the Apollo program and the space race.” —School Library Journal

“[Rocco] focuses on heroes from a diferent realm…[and] make[s] clear the risks and dangers of the project.” —The Washington Post


Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award NOMINEE 2021

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION 2021

Chicago Public Library Best Books SELECTION 2020

Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices SELECTION 2021

Kansas State Reading Circle Award SELECTION 2020

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults FINALIST 2021

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Book HONOR 2021

ALSC Notable Children’s Books LONGLIST 2021

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