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Astrotwins: Project Blastoff

Astrotwins: Project Blastoff

Fall 2015 Fiction
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Mark Kelly
Manufacturer: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: Astrotwins: Project Blastoff
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Author Mark Kelly is an astronaut. As is his twin brother, Scott. And Astrotwins: Project Blastoff happens to be a fun novel about twin boys who get bored and build a spaceship.

The story is set in 1975, before video games and gadgets competed for summer attention. School's out and Scott and Mark Kelly have a bit too much time on their hands. They get sent to Grandpa's after conducting one too many experiments in their basement. To keep them busy, Grandpa starts them off on an incredible project -- to build a rocket ship.

The twins don't know Grandpa's neighborhood well, and aren't the most eager students, so they enlist three local, and highly intellectual, kids. The gang of five reads a lot of physics books, become very resourceful in finding materials, and have the summer of their lives.

There is a goldmine of math and science in this book, along with a nice rendering of the space program in that iconic era; a great bonus to an already appealing "what I did on my summer vacation" story.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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