Title: My Journey to the Stars
Author: Scott Kelly
Illustrator: André Ceolin
Published: October 17, 2017
Theme: Exploration and Goals
Character Origin: Human
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 50
Ages: 5-8 | Book Level: 3.9 | Lexile Measure: 680L
Synopsis: 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.
This book is out of this world! There is so much to like about this book. It is a well-written autobiography that even a child can enjoy. That’s no small feat especially in the realm of autobiographies. Who hasn’t looked up at the stars and wanted to know what it’s like to be up there? To get a first-hand account is a thing you can only dream of.
I loved the way this book was illustrated. It incorporated actual pictures and illustrations. What an excellent choice for this book! It also allows the reader to know that they are learning about a REAL person and not a fictional character. I hope that readers will feel inspired by Kelley’s story and know that an ordinary person can do extraordinary things. A great book to add to your collection.