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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781442440050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442440050
  • ASIN: 1442440058
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Even without science the story stands up well, with plenty of humour, both verbal and slapstick, and copious illustrations. It does rely on an element of fantasy, such as the world's second most powerful nano supercomputer disguised as a hamster!" The School Librarian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Stephen Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, is the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book A Brief History of Time was a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and one grandchild. Visit him at Hawking.org.uk.

Lucy Hawking
, Stephen Hawking’s daughter, is a journalist and novelist. She is the coauthor of George’s Secret Key to the Universe, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, and George and the Big Bang, as well as the author of the adult novels Jaded and Run for Your Life. She lives in Cambridge with her son.


Garry Parsons
is the award-winning illustrator of many books, including George’s Secret Key to the Universe, George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt, and George and the Big Bang by Lucy and Stephen Hawking; Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray, and What’s Cool About School by Kate Agnew. He lives in London. Visit him at GarryParsons.co.uk.

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Lucy Hawking, Stephen's daughter, is a journalist and novelist. She is the author of the adult novels Jaded and Run for Your Life. She lives in London with her son.

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My 9 year old loved this book!
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The fictional story is very engaging and there is a lot of great science mixed in.
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The second book, we took turns reading out loud.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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My daughter, who is not generally that interested in science, loves this series. So, I would recommend it even if your child is not that enthusiastic about space.

She was 11 when she read them. They are probably good for kids 9-12.

I would start with the first in the series which is George's Secret Key to the Universe
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ccwriter on November 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Lucy Hawking does it again. An amazing adventure for the younger set with bonus essays by Paul Davies, Stephen Hawking and others that crystallized physics concepts in easy-to-digest "nanobites" for science enthusiasts of all ages. The audio book is a wonderful listen ... especially Annie's dialogue. Yet the print version is loaded with out-of-this-world images. Lucy Hawking is a top-notched writer. Harry Potter fans who are looking for a new series will love this trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Random on January 17, 2013
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I loved this book and hope they make more stories I just love their books and this book is perfect if your into the cosmos and if you are looking for something educational
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Williams on September 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My 11 yo and I started reading the book on the day it was released on our Kindle. We finished in less that 5 days. We LOVE all three books by Luch and Stephen Hawkings
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geeky Teacher Parent on June 11, 2014
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This was another favorite read aloud for my fifth grade students and my own children, ages 5 and 8. Hopefully there are more books to come in the series as some things are left unresolved in the plot.

In this book, George and his friend Annie are starting middle school. Annie's father Eric, a scientist, has just been named to a math professorship at Foxbridge University (Cambridge's doppleganger in this fictional world). He has also been put in charge of the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. How one scientist is supposed to be in charge of Mars rovers, the LHC, the Cambridge math department, and the guardian of the world's most powerful computer (quantum no less) searching for life around the universe, I have no idea, but it's fiction and he must be some sort of superhuman scientist. Anyway, the children readers don't pick up on this.

In this book, Eric's old professor, the original creator of Cosmos along with Graham Reeper and Eric, makes his appearance. He is upset that Eric has used Cosmos to go to the moon and gets photographed by a satellite. He demands Eric be examined by the Order of Science in order to determine if he is a worthy guardian of Cosmos. A secretive group of anti-scientists makes its appearance. They are out to convince the world that the LHC experiments are dangerous. They have various reasons for not wanting the experiments to succeed which are revealed eventually in the book. Without giving anything away, I'll say I found their reasons rather far fetched. Frankly the LHC just isn't going to accomplish much of anything that they seemed worried about. The Hawkings really kind of overdo things here. But I guess they just wanted to impress children with how great the LHC is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DMD on November 18, 2013
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I have read many of Stephen Hawking's books. They are great books, but I do not have a scientific mind, so I decided to read his books that target a younger audience. I was not disappointed. They are meant to entertain and teach at the same time. This is accomplished.
Included in this book: facts about the universe, full-color space photos, and essays on scientific topics on the latest theories from some of the top scientist. This book is full of facts such as The Big Bang, Space, Time, Relativity, Large Hadron Collider, Singularities, Solar System and many more.
You need to know as an adult reading this book that it is meant for a young audience so be prepared for a plot that is about a supercomputer that allows time travel, the characters are young children (parents are eco-activists and scientists), bad guys and good guys etc. I highly recommend the series of 3 books, they are great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Promod Singhvi on April 25, 2013
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An amazing book used to describe the enchanting universe in which we live. An awesome book for young science aficionados and budding astronomers! Happy Reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vidya Raghavan on January 26, 2013
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Excellent set of books to get kids started off with the laws and theories of the Universe. All three books are well written and the photographs are scintillating. A great addition to my daughter's collection... she even took them to school for a share project and the teacher is planning to buy the set for the classroom.
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