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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon Paperback – September 1, 2015
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Grade 5 Up–In infectiously hyperbolic prose that's liberally interspersed with quotes and accompanied by sheaves of period photos, Thimmesh retraces the course of the space mission that landed an actual man, on the actual Moon. It's an oft-told tale, but the author tells it from the point of view not of astronauts or general observers, but of some of the 17,000 behind-the-scenes workers at Kennedy Space Center, the 7500 Grumman employees who built the lunar module, the 500 designers and seamstresses who actually constructed the space suits, and other low-profile contributors who made the historic flight possible. Despite occasional contrast issues when the white-on-black text is printed over blown-up photographs, this dramatic account will mesmerize even readers already familiar with the event–and also leave them awed by the level of care and dedication it took to surmount so many daunting technological challenges. Drawn from personal interviews and oral histories as well as a wide array of published sources, this stirring, authoritative tribute to the collective effort that left ...footprints, crisp and clear, pressed purposefully and magnificently into the lunar dust belongs in every collection.–John Peters, New York Public Library
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* "This behind-the-scenes look at the first Apollo moon landing has the feel of a public television documentary in its breadth and detail."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "This beautiful and well-documented tribute will introduce a new generation to that triumphant time."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This dramatic account will mesmerize even readers already familiar with the event-—and also leave them awed by the level of care and dedication it took to surmount so many daunting technological challenges."
—School Library Journal
"Thimmesh gives names and voices to the army that got Neil Armstrong and company to the moon and back. The result is a spectacular and highly original addition to the literature of space exploration."
"Catherine Thimmesh tells us the stories of the 400,000 people it took to make...that 'one giant leap'...Their collective devotion to an exciting goal comes across strongly."
* "Kids . . . probably feel they know quite a bit about the first manned moon landing. But until they've read Thimmesh's breathless behind-the-scenes account, they know zip."
—Bulletin, starred review
"An edge-of-your-seat adventure . . . lavishly illustrated . . . this exhilarating book . . . will captivate."
"Thimmesh's enthusiasm for her subject is palpable, and the sense of excitement she brings is as vital to Team Moon's success the book's very premise."
—Chris Barton, author of Shark vs. Train
An NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Notable Children’s Book
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Apart from our personal interest, we found the book to be informative and interesting on several levels. We appreciated the author's approach with the use of Challenges to the mission's success.
Subsequently, we ordered from Amazon an additional 5 copies to present to the families of our other grandchildren when the time is right. We can hardly wait!