Moon by Stewart Ross


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Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award.

One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the moon landing itself complete with the iconic photographs and a useful time line, the book explores the effect the moon has on everything that happens on earth as well as the myriad ways in which the moon has been perceived through history and by different cultures.

Don’t forget that the most likely people to have the chance to be part of a successful mission to Mars will be those aged around 9 now so if you have a budding astronaut then start here with this book and/or one of the other titles we’ve selected such as Mission to the Moon or One Small Step to get the pulse rate soaring and the excitement building!!!!

The Educational Writers' Award was established in 2008 by ALCS (Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society) and The Society of Authors to celebrate educational writing that encourages creativity and wide reading.

Stewart Ross and John Whittingdale MP

The prize was awarded at a ceremony at the House of Commons. Here's winning author Stewart with John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the APWG.


Moon by Stewart Ross

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth. It is the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun. Since prehistoric times, the Moon has been an object of fascination, awe and even worship for many peoples worldwide. Called Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks, and many other names in other mythologies, it has always been a romantic icon; even after man had walked on the moon it retained its romantic appeal. The fortieth anniversary of the Moon landings is an opportunity to look at the Moon from many angles; historically, as an object of worship; traditionally, as one of the first objects for scientific research in the solar system; artistically, the Moon features in paintings (Rousseau, Chagall etc) books (Moonfleet, the Moonspinners, The Moon's a Balloon etc) films (Moonstruck, Moonraker, Moonlighting etc) endless music (from Moonlight sonata and Clair de Lune to Bad Moon Rising and Moon River); and finally scientifically, an exploration of the historic journey to the Moon and back in 1969.


"a fascinating mix of science, history, literature and religion, with a strong and engaging authorial voice, that will appeal to a wide audience" - 2011 Educational Writers' Award judges, (children's writer Nicola Davies, teacher Chris Freudenberg and librarian Fiona Kirk)

About the Author

Stewart Ross

After several years teaching at a variety of institutions in Britain, the USA, the Middle East and Sri Lanka, Stewart Ross became a full-time writer eleven years ago. With over 175 published titles to his credit, in a remarkably short time he has become one of Britain’s most popular and versatile authors.

Current projects include a third adult novel, five volumes in Hodder's Survivors series of children's historical fiction, more volumes in their Stories From History for young children, several other historical stories and works of non-fiction, a Jubilee revue, and a musical with Paul Englishby (musical director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin'). A frequent lecturer, notably on the QE2, and occasional journalist and broadcaster, Stewart lives near Canterbury with his wife and four children. Each morning escapes domestic hubbub by commuting ten metres to work in a large hut in the garden.

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128 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

7th May 2009




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