From the Series Space Innovations

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

The most futuristic of humankind’s inventions is also one of the oldest. Author Ron Miller tells the story of rockets, from their humble beginnings as toys one thousand years ago to their initiation as fearsome weapons of war. Most recently, rockets have enabled human beings to escape the bonds of Earth, travel into space, and explore other worlds. This is a story of great geniuses, personal sacrifices, and grand adventure.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$47.98 $35.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2007-08-01
BISACS JNF051040, JNF051000
Dewey 621.43'56
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Features Activities, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Experiments, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Timeline, and Websites


  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 2008
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2008

Author: Ron Miller

Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. Many of his illustrations appear in magazines like Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps. (One of his stamps is attached to a spacecraft headed for the planet Pluto!) He has also written short stories and novels and has even created a comic book.