Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross

Into the Unknown

Written by Stewart Ross
Illustrated by Stephen Biesty

7+ readers   Books of the Month   9+ readers   
Download an extract Add to wishlist Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

Top selling author/ illustrator Ross and Biesty have created a thrilling presentation of fourteen amazing expeditions over land and sea and into space. From the Greek Pytheas who sailed to the Arctic Circle in a small sailing boat with very simple instruments to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s famous high-tech Moon Landing watched on TV by millions over the world in 1969, these feats of courage, imagination and science are brought to life in words and pictures. There are flaps to open, diagrams to unfold while the cover opens out into a giant world-map poster.


Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross

How did they do it? Find out how the greatest explorers in history pieced together the picture of our world that we now take for granted, in this dynamic unfolding cross-sections book! Join acclaimed illustrator Stephen Biesty and popular children's history writer Stewart Ross, as they themselves explore some of the boldest, most daring expeditions of all time, using fold-out pages, cross-section drawings and dramatic storytelling. Twist through the waves of the stormy North Atlantic in a Viking knarr with Leif Ericsson or burst into the stratosphere in a balloon with Auguste Piccard, cross the deserts of the Silk Road in a caravan with Marco Polo or land on the moon in the Apollo 11 lunar module...With this book, you can travel through time and space, in non-fiction that's as exciting as exploration itself!


'Here's a picture book to delight those of us who dream of adventure.. The problem with some non-fiction children's books is that they try to cram too much text onto a page. Others manage to kill children's interest in a subject by presenting information in a dry and dusty way. Into the Unknown is a prime example of non-fiction that DOESN'T do this.. I truly think it makes an excellent gift for the whole family.' - The

'Ross is a masterly storyteller whose style is vivid and full of historical detail.. In this he is matched by Biesty’s wonderfully intricate pictorial maps, cross-sections and cutaways.. An inspiring book and a sumptuous production by Walker, even the jacket folds out to form a poster.' Books For Keeps

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.

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info


96 pages
Interest Age: From 8


Stewart Ross
More books by Stewart Ross

Author's Website

Author's Facebook Latest


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd March 2011




I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.

Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15

It is fantastic, you get to read lots of books and you always find something new and amazing in them.

Erica Motoc, age 7

Writing reviews help the children with their literacy skills and we always read the books together which gives us good quality family time!

Cat Bisland (on behalf of the Bi

I love all the books they recommend & put up for me to review. I also love the fact that they give new authors the chance to share their boo

Daisy Pennock – age 15

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

Lovereading 4 schools