From School Library Journal, May 2016:
Jones, Tom. Ask the Astronaut. 224p. diag. glossary. index. photos. Smithsonian. Mar. 2016. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781588345370. Gr 7 Up
The former space shuttle astronaut and planetary scientist has written a treasure trove of answers to FAQs about modern space flight. The text is well organized, with questions categorized into chapters that explain the different steps in the process of aspiring to, training for, and living and working in space. Jones answers scores of questions that he has received over the years at public forums, from “Where should we send astronauts next in space?” to “Have astronauts ever seen space aliens?” Most of the book focuses on NASA’s space shuttle voyages to the International Space Station, because this is Jones’s greatest area of experience as an astronaut. The technical descriptions in the answers are a bit complex, but the firsthand details and comprehensive back matter make this an ideal addition to any junior high or high school library. VERDICT A fascinating look at space travel that will excite budding STEM students.–Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX.
Thanks, Kelly! Grateful for the review. Ask your library to stock this book, and of course, get your own copy! I have autographed copies for sale at AstronautTomJones.com.
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