Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 is a story of adventure and discovery, of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.

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Inside: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Simply told, here is the flight of Apollo 11 ready for a new generation of readers and explorers.

Learn about their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon.

Read this story of adventure and discovery — of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.

About the Author:

Brian Floca likes to think about the journeys people take and the race cars, ships, rockets, and trains that make those journeys possible. His award-winning books as author and illustrator include Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2013 selection; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, also a Sibert Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book; and Lightship, a Sibert Honor Book. You can visit him online at

A Few Reviews:

“Large in trim size as well as topic, this stirring account retraces Apollo 11‘s historic mission in brief but precise detail, and also brilliantly captures the mighty scope and drama of the achievement. Rendered in delicate lines and subtly modulated watercolors, the eye-filling illustrations allow viewers to follow the three astronauts as they lumber aboard their spacecraft for the blastoff and ensuing weeklong journey (“…there’s no fresh air outside the window;/after a week this small home will not smell so good./This is not why anyone/wants to be an astronaut”). They split up so that two can make their famous sortie, and then reunite for the return to “the good and lonely Earth,/glowing in the sky.” Floca enhances his brief, poetic main text with an opening spread that illustrates each component of Apollo 11, and a lucid closing summary of the entire Apollo program that, among other enlightening facts, includes a comment from Neil Armstrong about what he said versus what he meant to say when he stepped onto the lunar surface. Consider this commemoration of the first Moon landing’s 40th anniversary as a spectacular alternative for younger readers to Catherine Thimmesh’s Team Moon (Houghton, 2006).—John Peters, New York Public Library”

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