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George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt (George's Secret Key to the Universe) by [Hawking, Lucy, Hawking, Stephen]
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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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'We are going,' said Annie, 'on a great cosmic journey. So listen up, Savers of Planet Earth, and prepare to meet the Universe.'

George's best friend Annie needs help. Her scientist father, Eric, is working on a space project - and it's all going wrong. A robot has landed on Mars, but is behaving very oddly. And now Annie has discovered something wierd on her dad's super-computer.

Is it a message from an alien? Could there be life out there? How do you find a planet in outer space? And if you could talk to aliens, what would you say?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6773 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (28 February 2014)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H4EM5TY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read-aloud for parents and teachers 12 June 2014
By Geeky Teacher Parent - Published on
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This is the second book in the Hawkings' George series. Once again their offering was a big hit with both my 5th grade students and my own children, 5 and 8.

This book centers on the question of the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. George's next door neighbors move to Florida at the beginning of the book so that Eric, the scientist father, can oversee a Mars rover landing. This of course upsets George, but before long he gets an email from Annie telling him he has to find a way to visit her in Florida for a top secret mission. George's Grandma comes to his rescue with money for plane tickets to Florida for him and her as a chaperone, as well as money for George's parents to go visit an island slowly being affected by rising seas due to global warming.

Once George gets there he finds that Annie has found a secret message demanding she go to Mars or the Earth will be destroyed. He also meets Emmett, a computer genius child, staying with Annie's family. Emmett and Annie don't get along at the beginning of the book and Emmett is portrayed as a stereotypical whiny computer geek. However, Annie soon learns to respect Emmett and they all go off on an adventure across the Galaxy using Cosmos the supercomputer (helpfully restored to functionality by Emmett). They believe an alien race must have sent the message. They end up finding a series of clues which lead them ever farther away from Earth and our solar system.

In this book George and Annie learn that geeky supposedly annoying people are actually pleasant, fun, and helpful once you learn to treat them respectfully. Yes that lesson was rather cardboard-cutoutish... More importantly they learn about all the scientific issues around the search for extraterrestrial life. Eric, the scientist, also manages to come to the rescue of George's eco-activist parents and provides this particular book's treatment of one of the series's recurring morals, that scientists can help people who are concerned about the environment. Science is not bad for the environment. That particular message seems to be one the Hawkings really want to hammer home. Finally, there are good messages about forgiveness and the wrongness of jumping to conclusions about people without sufficient evidence.

The book's story is interspersed with essays about various aspects of the scientific question of extraterrestrial life and space exploration in general. Once again there are full color Hubble pictures. Some of the science essays are once again over the heads of many elementary school students although it is obvious the essay writers were attempting to be easy to understand and interesting.

The plot holds the attention of elementary school children very well and is quite exciting to them. As an adult, however, it is easy to spot many unduly contrived devices. For instance, the idea that an elementary school aged child could fix and reprogram a quantum computer which could not be fixed by Eric, one of the adult scientists who actually created it, beggers belief. There is also an issue with Cosmos which comes up that somehow stops him from being able to teleport the children back to Earth, but conveniently lets him teleport them ever further away from Earth. This, of course, makes no sense from an adult reader's point of view, but children accept this fact without fuss.

The real worth of this book is not the plot, though. It is all the science information the book manages to pack into the story. Children will learn a lot about a truly scientific outlook on the issue of extraterrestrial life. They will also pick up many space facts. Children reading this book, or hearing it read to them, will enjoy learning all the science. Adults sharing the book with children will enjoy the book simply due to the science content they know their children or students are picking up. I am unaware of another series of fiction books for this age group that does the job of science education as well as this series.
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels forced - stilted story telling 4 November 2016
By Ian A. Twombly - Published on
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The science for kids aspect is fine, but the story telling is very stilted and forced, really a bit of a painful read overall. If they authors weren't so intent on trying to make it a series of science lessons wrapped in a thin layer of a story they would have done a much better job (slight irony in a names, but the PBS 'Curious George' episodes are excellent examples of teaching science in every episode while presenting it in a highly engaging story telling fashion)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for any age! 28 October 2013
By Oblio - Published on
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I took my son to The Space Show at the Museum of Natural History several times which he loved so much. I thought I can gradually add more information about space to our daily routine and being a huge fan of Stephen Hawking I found this cook which he co-wrote with his beloved daughter, Lucy. We read the book together every night, it has almost 300 pages and not only did we enjoy doing this together but also learned so much about space through the narrative, a more useful way to remember facts for 6 year olds than reading off an educational book. While we read it we changed the names of all the characters to us and people we know in real life. Amazing weeknights for the entire week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to read to the kids (ages 4 21 July 2015
By Jade R. Pope - Published on
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Great book to read to the kids (ages 4, 6, & 10) especially the older 2. Good story, interesting pictures, and real factual info too. Probably would suit anyone older than 10-12 to read themselves, including adults who will most likely come away with a better understanding of our universe and a greater appreciation for the little planet we inhabit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides an early start to a love of Science 14 December 2013
By Fay Castleberry - Published on
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My son is four and reading on a 2nd grade level which I'm attempting to improve by getting him interested in more complex books. This series was an amazing teaching tool for us as it encourage him to take an interest in space as well as providing subtle ideas on things that hinder and help the environment. When it comes to bedtime he can't wait to finish reading one of his stories to me so that it's my turn to read to him and we can move right along in George's adventure. I would suggest this to anyone seeking to further a child's interest in reading and eduation. It's great with the set but can stand alone as well.