Posts Tagged ‘Astronomy’

Dear Pluto by Carmen Gloria.

July 1, 2019 Comments off

plutoDear Pluto by Carmen Gloria. Pub. Uncommon Grammar, 2019.

When the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto to a dwarf planet, I was a bit miffed and so was the personalised Pluto in this picture book for juniors.

I mean Pluto has five moons and resides in the Kuiper Belt of asteroids outside of Neptune. But then it is small, is still a part of the Solar system and like the character Pluto in this book, is quite content to be a dwarf planet like the five others in our system.

A lovely characterisation of Pluto that sits comfortably alongside Carmen Gloria’s earlier publication on Mercury. Juniors will love it and it is a simple introduction to a study of the solar system.

The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott

January 19, 2014 Comments off

forbidden stoneThe Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott. Pub HarperCollins, 2014.

On his 7th birthday Wade Kaplan received a map of the constellations from his uncle Henry. This map of which there are 5 copies was made by  Copernicus, the astronomer who infuriated the catholic Church by proving that the Earth was not the centre of the universe around which all flowed.

This map is a vital clue in unlocking the Copernicus Legacy.

The action starts when uncle Henry is murdered by a group led by the ruthless Galina Krause who want to unravel the Legacy themselves and rule the world.

Wade’s father was a student of uncle Henry as were 5 others and Galina Krause is out to get all of them and find the twelve Relics that together deliver the secret of Copernicus’s Legacy.

Thrilling action all over Europe and America. The fate of how the Earth moves is in the hands of Wade and his friends. But this is only the start of this trilogy from a new author.

The book is easily written in short chapters and the complicated issues are explained simply. A new adventure/fantasy/science fiction novel that will appeal to middle school, Intermediate and junior secondary students.

One of the best parts of the novel is the puzzle solving necessary to break the code. If you do not know what a substitution code is then you are in for a treat. Heady yet simple stuff.

My first children’s novel of the year and I am not disappointed.