Mission: Planet Earth

Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them

Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy

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From an American hero and dedicated scientist: A compelling introduction to the changes taking place in Earth's climate, written for the audience that matters most to our planet's future.
 
Beginning with Sally Ride's unique, astronaut's-eye view of Earth's fragile atmosphere, Mission: Planet Earth describes how water, air, and other climate systems shape our world, and how a disruption in one part of the system can spread through the entire planet.  Drawing on the latest scientific research and presenting a clear, even-handed account of the current state of climate studies, illustrated with helpful diagrams and stunning photographs of and from the front lines of climate change, here is a celebration of Earth's natural complexity--and a call to action for a new generation.

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Mission: Planet Earth
MISSION, PLANET EARTHWhen I was an astronaut, I spent hours gazing down at the Earth below. Our planet is beautiful. It's home to everything we know and hold dear. 
When I looked out the window, I could see winding rivers emptying into blue oceans, mountainsides of a tropical rain forest, and muddy waters of river deltas. I could see city lights twinkle at night and contrails of airplanes crisscross the sky.More than anything, though, I could see how fragile Earth is. When I looked toward the horizon, I could see a thin, fuzzy blue line outlining the planet.

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“The authors have an extensive background in science education, and their text exhibits an excellent balance of concept thoroughness with ease of comprehension.” —School Library Journal

“The narrative’s tone is less alarmist than most recent looks at global warming, but still threaded with lively language . . . and well stocked with both recent scientific findings and big, clear color photos.” —Kirkus Reviews


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Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy

In 1983, SALLY RIDE became the first American woman to travel into space. She has remained in the limelight as an astronaut, astrophysicist, and advocate for encouraging girls in the sciences.

TAM O'SHAUGHNESSY is a professor of school psychology and children's science. She has co-authored four award-winning books with Sally Ride

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Mission: Planet Earth
Our World and Its Climate--and How Humans Are Changing Them
Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy

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Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
March 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963183
ISBN10: 1429963182
Middle-Grade Nonfiction80 pages, Full-color pictures throughout
Age Range: 9 to 14
Grade Range: 4 to 9
$9.99

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Hardcover
Roaring Brook Press
Flash Point
March 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781596433106
ISBN10: 1596433108
Middle-Grade Nonfiction
7 1/2 x 9 inches, 80 pages, Full-color pictures throughout
Age Range: 9 to 14
Grade Range: 4 to 9
$19.95
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