“When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the surface of the Moon, I cried.” This book tells the story of the Apollo Missions, when incredible intelligence, engineering and bravery allowed humans to stand on the surface of something other than Earth for the very first time. From the 1969 first moon landing to the amazing rescue of Apollo 13, each chapter tells the story of a different mission. Humorous details bring the astronauts to life: discover how the astronauts of Apollo 12 were so over-excited when they stepped onto the Moon that Mission Control had to tell them to quieten down, and Shepard (Apollo 14) somehow managed to smuggle a golf club onto his spacecraft! Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this is the perfect title for any child who has ever looked up at the moon and wondered what it might be like to go there.
David Long writes for adults and children and specialises in history. As a journalist he has written for the Times, Sunday Times, and London Evening Standard as well as for magazines in Britain and abroad. He is an award-winning ghostwriter and one of his own books was voted Blue Peter Book of the Year 2017.
Sam Kalda is an illustrator and artist based in Minneapolis. He was born and raised in South Dakota – which sounds much more exotic than it actually is. His commissioned works include editorial, book, advertising and pattern illustration. In 2017, he received a gold medal in book illustration from the Society of Illustrators in New York. His first book, "Of Cats and Men: History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers and Statesmen," was published in 2017 with Ten Speed Press.