Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Suzanne Slade (Author) Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator)


Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand, nine hundred and seventy-nine days that followed his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people--engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists--joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.
Award-winning author and former mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.

Product Details

$22.95  $21.11
Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
September 01, 2018
10.3 X 0.7 X 11.0 inches | 2.3 pounds

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About the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.
Thomas Gonzalez was also born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child, where he became friends with Carmen Deedy. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald's.


"A grand--if, so many years later, nostalgic--tale about a magnificent effort. A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement."
"Captivating free-verse narrative...vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives...this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind's most impressive undertakings."
"Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike."
"Stunning... Slade's carefully crafted, often alliterative text, written in free verse, is both succinct and readable, drawing this large topic down to the most necessary and interesting facts with enough detail to excite young teens as well as adults who may have lived through the missions.... Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections."
"[A] book that will captivate and entertain young readers while educating them about an amazing decade of U.S. space exploration...In the 21st century, space travel goals aim much further away than the moon, but Countdown drives home how truly incredible the Apollo missions are in the history of mankind."