The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky
(Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards))

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Who would solve one of the most perplexing scientific problems of all time?

This dramatic picture-book biography brings to life – with illustrations that glow with wit and inspiration – the fascinating story of the quest to measure longitude. While the scientific establishment of the eighteenth century was certain that the answer lay in mapping the heavens, John Harrison, an obscure, uneducated clockmaker, dared to imagine a different solution: a seafaring clock. How Harrison held fast to his vision and dedicated his life to the creation of a small jewel of a timepiece that would change the world is a compelling story – as well as a memorable piece of history, science, and biography.

A Junior Library Guild Selection
 

About Kathryn Lasky

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\Kathryn Lasky's honors and awards include the Washington Post Children's Book Award for her contribution to nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kevin Hawkes has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, also by Kathryn Lasky, a School Library Journal Best Book. He lives in Gorham, Maine.
 
Published April 2, 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, Children's Books, Science & Math.

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From wrestling serpents in his crib to slaying a lion with his sword, Hercules bravely fends off any evil challenges that Hera sends his way.

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Lasky and Hawkes (previously teamed for The Librarian Who Measured the Earth) turn their attention to John Harrison, the 18th-century British clockmaker who solved one of history's most vexing navigational problems.

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