Seven Wonders of the Rocky Planets and Their Moons

From the Series Seven Wonders

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Uncover seven wonders of the four rocky planets. From Mercury, we’ll watch the Sun appear to perform wild acrobatics. We’ll also explore Venus, a planet full of puzzles and beauty. On Mars, we’ll visit the tallest mountain and the deepest canyon of all the planets. This planet has hints of water that may be the key to identifying life forms on other planets.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 523.4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, and Timeline

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.


The Horn Book Guide

“In these well-organized volumes, Miller covers the basics of planetary science and star formation in addition to looking more closely at interesting elements of the bodies in the solar system (e.g., rings of Saturn, mountains on Mars). Sharp color-enhanced images and artist renderings portray planetary and stellar features for astronomy buffs.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Highlighting such not-to-be-missed features as Mars’s Olympus Mons, the wild gyrations of the Sun as seen from Mercury, and even the unique (so far!) presence of life on Earth, this stimulating and heavily illustrated guide to the inner planets guarantees a terrific start to any interplanetary tour.” —School Library Journal

Science Books & Films

“The text is illustrated with an excellent selection of well-reproduced photos from NASA and other sources, as well as paintings by author Ron Miller, who is an award-winning astronomy illustrator. The text is engagingly written for its intended middle-school audience. It is scientifically accurate and up to date.” —Science Books & Films


“This book is highly recommended for the capable and/or talented reader in middle school, and up through high school.The text is readable but the content is deep and the information is wide–ranging and detailed. It would provide many anecdotes and interesting detail for the teacher who gives mini–lectures as well.” —NSTA


“‘People love to make lists of the biggest and the best,’ begins each of these four awe-inspiring volumes in the Seven Wonders series, each of which introduces readers to outer space in targeted volumes with an intriguing ‘greatest hits’ approach…. Great choices for classroom use or personal reading.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Both newly starstruck readers and confirmed students of the heavens will find plenty to marvel over in these volumes.” —School Library Journal