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PACKING FOR MARS

Author: Mary Roach

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Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company, 2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: The book is actually about the problems and some solutions about going on a trip to space. Space exploration is exciting, and we know there is no gravity. But there are other things that we don't think about, like personal hygiene. This book covers that. This is a nonfiction selection for mature readers.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 13 and Up; Read Yourself: 15 and Up

Interest Level: 13 and Up

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: I was quite skeptical at first, but after reading it, I loved Ms. Roach's form of writing and witty humor. The book is actually about the problems and some solutions about going on a trip to space. It talks about some things that most people do not thinks about as problems in space, such as the lack of sex or hygiene in space. Ms. Roach has done much research and touring of these facilities worldwide that relate to these topics of interest. Scientific books are very interesting to me, and I absolutely loved this one. I would absolutely recommend buying this book as a gift, or borrowing it from the library, because this book must be read. That said, it is for mature readers, not children.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: Lots of humor and trivia make this a unique selection for nonfiction books.

Cons: This book is not for children. It contains vulgar language and reference to sex. Common sense should be used when deciding whether this book should be bought as a gift.

Borrow or Buy: Either. This is fascinating, worthwhile reading. It isn't for everyone, though.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALMOST ASTRONAUTS: 13 WOMEN WHO DARED TO DREAM   REACHING FOR THE MOON   REALLY, REALLY BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT SPACE AND TIME

Educational Themes: There is so much research packed into this book! Lots to explore, lots to talk about.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. He borrowed the book from their local library.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - space, science, health

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2012

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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