Astrotwins -- Project Blastoff

By Mark Kelly
A team of middle schoolers prepares for blastoff in this adventure from the author of the "New York Times "bestselling "Mousetronaut," based on the childhoods of real-life astronauts Mark Kelly and his twin brother Scott.
It s a long, hot summer and Scott and Mark are in big trouble for taking apart (aka destroying) their dad s calculator. As a punishment, they re sent to their grandfather s house, where there s no TV and they have to do chores. And Grandpa is less tolerant of the twins constant bickering. Why don t you two work together on something constructive. What if you built a go-kart or something? Grandpa suggests.
But it s not a go-kart the twins are interested in. They want to build a rocket. With the help of Jenny, nicknamed Egg, and a crew of can-do kids, they set out to build a real rocket that will blast off and orbit the Earth. The question soon becomes: which twin will get to be the astronaut?
Written by a NASA astronaut with four space flights under his belt, this exciting story includes extensive back matter on the space program with fantastic facts and details."

With co-author Freeman, Kelly takes readers back to 1975, when long-distance telephone calls cost money, calculators were expensive luxuries, and Americans fizzed with excitement about the U.S. space program.Former astronaut Kelly takes a cool biographical fact--he and his identical twin brother, Scott, are the only siblings ever to fly in space--and spins it into an absorbing adventure. To get visiting 11-year-old twins Scott and Mark out of his hair, Grandpa suggests they build a spaceship. Taking him at his word, they enlist the help of brainy Jenny O'Malley and their neighbor Barry Leibovitz, a math nerd, and so begins a summer of clandestine research and construction. Eventually the team expands to include Howard Chin, who has a computer, and Lisa Perez, whose dad owns an auto body shop. The team studies physics at the library and scrounges for materials, promising all the adults they won't blow anything up. The kids' enthusiasm is infectious, and Kelly's expertise comes through in telling, kid-friendly details, as when Barry's older brother, a former pilot and Vietnam POW, takes them on a trip to an amusement park to determine which kids have the right stuff. If the characters often speak in infodumps, it's because they are learning along with readers, and the information imparted is staged just right. Intriguing subject matter and rock-solid pacing combine for a nifty adventure--one that may well spark a new generation of astronauts.--Kirkus Reviews "January 1, 2015 "



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Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publish date 03/17/2015
Pages 224
ISBN-13 9781481415453
ISBN-10 148141545X
Language English

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