NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was the first to spend an entire year in space! Discover his awe-inspiring journey in this fascinating picture book memoir (the perfect companion to his adult book Endurance) that takes readers from Scott’s childhood as an average student to his record-breaking year among the stars.
Scott Kelly wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. He struggled in school and often got in trouble with his twin brother, Mark.
Then one day Scott discovered a book about test pilots and astronauts that set him on a new path.
His new focus led him to fly higher and higher, becoming first a pilot and then an astronaut, along with his brother—the first twin astronauts in history. But his greatest accomplishment of all was commanding the International Space Station and spending nearly a year in space, which set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American.
This story of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things is perfect for children, fans of Scott's adult book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, aspiring astronauts, and anyone who has ever tried to defy the odds. It will amaze and inspire you.
Releasing simultaneously with NASA astronaut Kelly's adult memoir, Endurance, this picture book offers a condensed portrait of his life. It opens with Kelly's 2016 departure from the International Space Station, where he spent a record-breaking 340 days. Noting that his identical twin and fellow astronaut Mark Kelly "is waiting for me back on Earth," Kelly backtracks to their childhood, when they "always had a talent for finding trouble and taking risks." Their parents' fighting turned the twins into peacemakers, whose ability to stay calm in tough times served them well ("You never know when your problems can become your strengths"). Family snapshots and NASA photographs track Kelly's career as a Navy fighter pilot and astronaut. Ceolin's, soft, nostalgic illustrations are used mainly in the retrospective portions of the book; photographs dominate the pages after Kelly's NASA career gets underway. The result is a bit of a visual hodgepodge, but Kelly's account firmly underscores the rewards of dedication to one's dreams. Ages 5 8. Author's)