The Challenger Disaster: Tragedy in the Skies (History Comics)

by Pranas T Naujokaitis (Author)

The Challenger Disaster: Tragedy in the Skies (History Comics)
Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: History Comics

Let this graphic novel be your time machine! In History Comics, the new nonfiction graphic novel series from First Second, the past comes alive!

In History Comics: The Challenger Disaster, we turn the clock back to January 28, 1986. Seven astronauts boarded the space shuttle Challenger on what would be a routine mission. All eyes and cameras were on crew member Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher, who was set to become the first private citizen in space. Excitement filled the air as the clock counted down to liftoff. But at T-plus seventy-three seconds after launch, the unthinkable happened . . .

What caused the midair explosion? In Pranas T. Naujokaitis's imaginative tale, set in a far-off future, a group of curious kids investigate the hard questions surrounding the Challenger explosion. Inspired by the legacy and sacrifice of the Challenger seven, they continue in their footsteps, setting out toward the stars and into the great unknown!

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Kirkus Reviews

A well-researched, idealistic tribute.


[...] in turns funny, moving, elucidating, and riveting [...]

School Library Journal

Definitely a "go" for middle grade readers, artfully incorporating a solid payload of information within a well-developed frame story.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
First Second
Publication date
October 27, 2020
History Comics
BISAC categories
JNF062020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | History
JNF062030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Science & Nature
Library of Congress categories
United States
Graphic novels
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Historical comics
Space shuttles
Space vehicle accidents
Challenger (Spacecraft)
Little Maverick Reading List
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