The Man Who Made Time Travel

By Kathryn Lasky; Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374347888, 48pp.)

Publication Date: April 2003

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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 the Author

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.

Praise For The Man Who Made Time Travel

"The text makes absorbing reading both for its sidelights on history as well as the personal drama portrayed...Teachers looking for books for units on inventors will find this a memorable choice for reading aloud." -- Starred, Booklist

The Man Who Made Time Travel provides delightful insight into the inspiring story of John Harrison. Kathryn Lasky’s compelling text and Kevin Hawkes’s imaginative and captivating illustrations bring to life Harrison’s long struggle and eventual triumph in solving the longitude problem, which had baffled the greatest scientists for more than two centuries.” -- William J. H. Andrewes, co-author of The Illustrated Longitude

"With Hawkes's luminous full-color paintings on every page, its clear science, and its compelling social commentary, this title is not to be missed." -- Starred, School Library Journal

"Younger readers will discover both the historical significance of Harrison's invention and why he 'became the hero not only of clockmakers, but of dreamers and ordinary people everywhere who learned by doing and daring.'" -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews

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