The Sea of Tranquillity by Mark Haddon

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He borrowed library books and read about astronauts walking in space, orbiting the earth, and flying around the moon. Every night the little boy hoped and hoped that one day astronauts would land on the moon. And then, one cloudless night, they did. . . . “Haddon captures the profound thrill of being witness to the moon landing better than any other picture book.”--School Library Journal

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Author and screenwriter Mark Haddon was born in Northampton, U.K. in 1962. He received a B.A. in English from Merton College and a MSc in English Literature from Edinburgh University. Since 1996, he has worked on numerous television projects. He has won two BAFTAs and The Royal Television Society Best Children's Drama for Microsoap, which he created and wrote 12 out of 25 episodes. He also wrote the screenplay for the BBC television adaption of Fungus the Bogeyman. He has written fifteen children's books including the Agent Z series. In 1994, he was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize for The Real Porky Philips. He won the 2003 Whitbread Book of the Year Award for his novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which provides a realistic insight into what it is like to have autism. He currently lives in Oxford with his family. Christian Birmingham graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991. He won his first contract almost immediately on leaving college. He was soon commissioned for a book that has now sold in excess of 1.5 million copies - The Night Before Christmas. The immediacy of chalk and pencil suits his style and offers wonderful luminosity to his works.Books illustrated include: A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little Farmer Joe, Oliver Twist, Sleeping Beauty, The Night Before Christmas, Wenceslas and The Snow Queen. Christian had a successful exhibition of the Snow Queen at the Air Gallery, London in December 2007. It is planned that his next book will be exhibited in December 2009.
Published September 1, 1996 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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For example, a pretend flag--the boy's blue-striped shirt with a red pocket--sounds a childlike echo when it appears in the boy's dream, planted on the moon beside the Stars and Stripes.

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