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Astrotwins
ISBN: 9781481415453
Author: Kelly, Mark/ Freeman, Martha (CON)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
Published: March 2015
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: A tale inspired by the shared childhoods of the astronaut author and his twin brother follows the adventures of Scott and Mark, who, at their strict grandfather's house, endeavor to build a rocket with new friends they meet.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Science & Technology
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Library of Congress Subjects:
Brothers; Fiction.
Twins; Fiction.
Rockets (Aeronautics); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2014012400
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Astrotwins
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.75" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Growing Up, Chapter Books, Action & Adventure
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall)
With Martha Freeman. Based on the childhood antics of NASA astronauts and twins Mark and Scott Kelly, this novel recounts a fictional summertime project. The brothers and their friends set out to build a rocket to orbit Earth--and they succeed. The premise strains credulity and scientific facts are awkwardly inserted into dialogue, but the adventure is well paced. Hardcore astronautics fans will enjoy this series-starter. Reading list. Glos.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 February #4)

Former astronaut Kelly (Mousetronaut) digs into his own childhood and NASA background in this layered story. Launching the Astrotwins series, the novel is set in 1975 New Jersey and introduces the Kelly twins, impulsive Mark and more level-headed Scott, who share a curiosity about space travel and a knack for finding trouble, especially when it comes to disassembling gadgets. On a visit to their grandfather's lakeside cabin during the summer before sixth grade, they embark on their most outlandish escapade yet. Along with several friends—including a physics prodigy, a computer whiz, and a mechanic's daughter—the twins build a spaceship capable of orbiting the Earth. Kelly and Freeman (the First Kids Mysteries series) mingle fact and fiction as they use the friends' own voices and thought processes to distill scientific and mathematical properties involved in spacecraft construction and rocket propulsion. Though the fantastical prevails when they achieve liftoff, realistic sibling and peer relationships, illuminating science, and some streamlined aeronautical history keep the story grounded—in a good way. Ages 8–12. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Former astronaut Kelly (Mousetronaut) digs into his own childhood and NASA background in this layered story. Launching the Astrotwins series, the novel is set in 1975 New Jersey and introduces the Kelly twins, impulsive Mark and more level-headed Scott, who share a curiosity about space travel and a knack for finding trouble, especially when it comes to disassembling gadgets. On a visit to their grandfather's lakeside cabin during the summer before sixth grade, they embark on their most outlandish escapade yet. Along with several friends—including a physics prodigy, a computer whiz, and a mechanic's daughter—the twins build a spaceship capable of orbiting the Earth. Kelly and Freeman (the First Kids Mysteries series) mingle fact and fiction as they use the friends' own voices and thought processes to distill scientific and mathematical properties involved in spacecraft construction and rocket propulsion. Though the fantastical prevails when they achieve liftoff, realistic sibling and peer relationships, illuminating science, and some streamlined aeronautical history keep the story grounded—in a good way. Ages 8–12. Agent: Robert Barnett, Williams & Connolly. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 March)

Gr 4–6—When 12-year-old twins Mark and Scott Kelly ruin their parents' calculator after they take it apart (an expensive item in the mid-1970s), they are sent to spend some time with their grandfather at his Greenwood Lake home. He suggests that they channel their formidable energy into building a go-kart. They decide to pursue their interest in the space program instead and build a rocket ship. While they are admittedly indifferent students, the gregarious twins have smart friends. Soon, in finest NASA tradition, they have built a team that includes a math whiz, a science genius, and someone with a computer, among other terrifically skilled kids. They spend hours researching in the library, sharing, collaborating, and arguing. They convince the unsuspecting adults in their lives to chauffer, mentor, and supply, all with the promise that they aren't going to "blow anything up." This lively tale requires a huge suspension of disbelief; readers who can let go and enjoy the ride will find much to like in these spirited siblings pursuing their passion and negotiating egos as well as obstacles. Coauthored by retired astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Kelly, this series opener is perfect for teachers and librarians looking for fiction embedded with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts. VERDICT The characters are likable, the dialogue is enlightening as well as snappy, and the adventure is grand; a fine purchase for middle grade collections.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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