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When Is a Planet Not a Planet?


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Elaine Scott is often praised for making complicated scientific concepts accessible for young readers. She is the author of Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth's Closest Companion, Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time, and many other books on space and other topics. She lives in Houston, Texas. Visit her online at


"Through engaging and child-friendly language, Scott discusses the history ... behind the discovery of the nine planets.... A great resource." School Library Journal, Starred

"Beautifully designed.... A good choice for updating astronomy collections." Booklist, ALA Illustrations include photographs of astronomers and outer space; artists' renderings of simulations, such as a protoplanetary disk forming around a star; and diagrams of various planetary features. A glossary, recommended readings and websites, and an index round out the book.
Horn Book Horn Book Color photos and diagrams are both attractive and informative, and slightly oversized fonts makes the subject seem less daunting.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "This is a great example to show students the power of outstanding title." LMC January 2008 Library Media Connection

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