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Title:
Escape from Earth
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
London : Dorling Kindersley, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
140 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.6 5.0 87005.
ISBN:
9781405300339

9780756601713
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The astonishing story of humankind's desire to break free from the Earth. Follow dramatic, political power struggles, German scientists switching allegiance and what happened to early rockets transporting fruit flies into space.
Peter Ackroyd brilliantly explains the era of space travel in this first title in his epic new 10-volume history of the world for children. Let the voyage begin.


Author Notes

Peter Ackroyd was born in London in 1949. He graduated from Cambridge University and was a Fellow at Yale (1971-1973). A critically acclaimed and versatile writer, Ackroyd began his career while at Yale, publishing two volumes of poetry. He continued writing poetry until he began delving into historical fiction with The Great Fire of London (1982).

A constant theme in Ackroyd's work is the blending of past, present, and future, often paralleling the two in his biographies and novels. Much of Ackroyd's work explores the lives of celebrated authors such as Dickens, Milton, Eliot, Blake, and More. Ackroyd's approach is unusual, injecting imagined material into traditional biographies. In The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (1983), his work takes on an autobiographical form in his account of Wilde's final years. He was widely praised for his believable imitation of Wilde's style. He was awarded the British Whitbread Award for biography in 1984 of T.S. Eliot, and the Whitbread Award for fiction in 1985 for his novel Hawksmoor.

Ackroyd currently lives in London and publishes one or two books a year. He still considers poetry to be his first love, seeing his novels as an extension of earlier poetic work.

(Bowker Author Biography) Peter Ackroyd is the award-winning author of four biographies, most recently the national bestseller "The Life of Thomas More", as well as ten novels, including "Chatterton" & "Hawksmoor". He lives in London, where he is at work on his next book, "London: The Biography.

(Publisher Provided) Peter Ackroyd is a bestselling writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in London.

(Publisher Provided)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. From the Voyages through Time series, this large-format book presents the history of space travel and discusses its future. British writer Ackroyd offers both a sweeping vision of what has been achieved and a great deal of interesting detail about specific space missions. Although the book includes discussion of the dynamics of international politics at the beginning of space exploration that led to a leap forward in technology and exploration, the main emphasis is on the missions themselves. Beginning with Yuri Gagarin's orbit of earth, Ackroyd presents the space age with a fine balance of technology and humanity. The many colorful photos and diagrams illustrate the text with clarity, beauty, and occasional drama and humor. Back matter includes a glossary and a six-page Reference Section that uses charts and small print to pack in facts about missions, satellites, space stations, moon landings, spacecraft, and more. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In the detailed account of man's efforts to reach the stars, Voyages Through Time: Escape from Earth by British biographer and novelist Peter Ackroyd, a companion to The Beginning, Ackroyd examines the triumphs and tragedies of mankind's explorations of space. Side topics include the effects of zero gravity, space-related scientific advancements and humanity's future in the galaxy. With brilliant photos and illustrations, the book will capture young imaginations, just as the heavens themselves have for generations. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This companion to The Beginning (DK, 2003) is a visual and factual delight. The author details man's exploration of space, both past and present, and speculates on future developments. In addition to a chronology of events, there are profiles of significant astronauts and scientists who have contributed to space and technology history. Exquisite full-color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations fill the pages, lending visual interest to the well-written text. A reference section gives detailed facts about space exploration, the Moon landings, spacecraft, and our planets and galaxy. The beautiful way in which the text and photos are merged pulls readers in. Even the cover looks nearly three-dimensional and is sure to attract attention. While the text is substantial and will serve the research needs of students, the book is interesting enough to entice even reluctant readers. The only disappointment is that no source notes, bibliography, or list for further reading is provided.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.