Ground Control to Major Tim

Ground Control to Major Tim : The Space Adventures of Major Tim Peake

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Aimed at children inspired by Major Tim Peake's adventures in space, this 32-page book looks at the history-making career of the man who, in 2016, became the first British astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station. During his time on board the ISS, Tim Peake carried out experiments, performed a crucial spacewalk and took some awesome photographs. He also found time to run a marathon, present an award to Adele and read a bedtime story to children listening 400km below him on Earth. Packed with amazing photographs, this book reveals how Major Tim's fascination with flight and science began and how his career as an astronaut developed, documenting his inspirational journey into space.
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 213 x 272 x 10mm | 346g
  • Wayland
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 1526300958
  • 9781526300959
  • 948,537

Table of contents

1: Introduction
2: Dreams of Flight
3: In Service
4: In Training
5: Preparing for Principia
6: Blast Off!
7: Tim's New Home
8: Working Aboard
9: The Experimental Astronaut
10: Spacewalk
11: Keeping in Contact
12: Marathon Man
13: Back to Earth
14: Glossary and Further Information
15: Index
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If you want to know anything at all about Major TIm Peake and his adventures in space then this is the go-to book. This information is concise but detailed and well presented, using lots of info boxes together with some amazing photographs. There is an exteremely impressive glossary, further information section and index. * The School Librarian * We are given an insight into his life on board, including the spacewalk, some of his science experiments, maintaining equipment and running the London Marathon in space. The photographs are stunning and the book is an inspiration for KS2 readers and adults. * The English Association * Full of amazing photographs and with a lively format and design this title keeps a well-worn subject fresh. * The Carousel * A multitude of children will have been inspired by Tim Peake, and now they can learn more about this intrepid and inspirational character ... a fascinating read which really shows what life is like on the International Space Station. * Parents In Touch * I enjoyed this book as it told me a lot of facts about space that I hadn't known. * Evening Echo (Cork) * With plenty of great photos and fact boxes to keep younger ones interested, this informative read from award-winning author Clive Gifford is sure to excite and inspire * Chronicle & Informer (Houndslow) * Gifford has a way of succinctly describing something with minimal words yet maximum information ... The book is jam-packed with information, and reads half like a biography and half like a space information book ... Each paragraph is short and to the point -- there are no wasted words ... This book beautifully tells the incredible story of our current space exploration, and should be an inspirational guide for children * Minerva Reads * This eye-catching book provides a fascinating insight ... With plenty of great photos and fact boxes to keep younger ones interested, this informative read from award-winning author Clive Gifford is sure to excite and inspire * Daily Post (Wales) * This is the kind of book I know little boys will be pointed towards. I'd like to feel that lots of girls will also read about Major Tim. I know I would have loved it as a child. * The Book witch *
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About Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. His book, The Colours of History, won the Blue Peter Book Awards' Best Book With Facts. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at
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