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Mark Kelly was a Captain in the United States Navy when he commanded the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour in May of 2011. A veteran of four space flights to the International Space Station he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and holds a masters degree from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School. As a naval aviator he flew thirty-nine combat missions in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and Turkey Bowl, both written by Phil Bildner. He also illustrated the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. C.F Payne lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and children. Visit him at CFPayne.com.
Here the mouse is headed in the opposite direction. This first children's book by Kelly, a retired astronaut and husband of former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, builds on his experience with real mice aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Eighteen of them. In this winning story there are six, and as the smallest one, Meteor gets to perform his own special mission. After helping the astronauts out of a potential Apollo 13 calamity, Meteor is declared a hero-sure to please many fellow pipsqueaks back on Earth. -- The New York Times Book Reivew "Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly's first children's book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors. ... textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure. " -- Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly * "In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor ...,Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking. ...The values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard-as opposed to being big and strong-will inspire young readers." -- School Library Jounral -- School Library Journal "This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams." -- Kirkus * Kirkus *