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The history of rockets
Miller, Ron, 1947-
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, 1999.
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Surveys the invention, development, and different uses of rockets, from their beginnings in ancient Greece and China to modern efforts to explore outer space.
Reading Level:
1100 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.5 3.0 1824.

Reading Counts RC High School 8.7 7 Quiz: 19272 Guided reading level: NR.
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TL782.5 .M45 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL782.5 .M45 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL782.5 .M45 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The History of Rockets describes the development of rockets from their earliest days in ancient Greece and China to today's space shuttles to tomorrow's dreams.

Author Notes

Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. He has written short stories, nonfiction works, novels, and created a comic book. His illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Fans of loud, dangerous machines will lament only the mediocre illustrations in this wide-angle history of rockets, from the kind launched from soda bottles to the monsters that carried men to the Moon. Miller opens with homespun demonstrations of Isaac Newton's relevant principles, then retraces the chain of experiments, disasters, and refinements that began with Archytas of Tarentum's steam-driven wooden pigeon and culminated in the mighty Saturn 5. In his view, the modern history of rocketry is a grand amalgam of Big Science and backyard tinkering; over 300,000 people worked on the Saturn 5, but some parts for the recently tested, single-stage McDonnell Douglas DC-X were purchased at Kmart. Taking pains to point out how many uses rockets have beyond carrying weapons, Miller brings readers into the present era of active space exploration and space-plane designs that look beyond the shuttle, then closes with both a page of recommended books and two pages of Web sites. Only the drab, black-and-white, sometimes out-of-focus photographs will keep this from zooming off library shelves-and, as books about our exploration of space tend to zero in on payloads rather than the vehicles that carry them, this will fill a gap in most collections.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.