Liftoff! is the true story of the author achieving his childhood dream of flying into space. The story blasts young readers into space and thrills them with the fear and excitement of riding a space shuttle and watching the earth from 300 miles in orbit. This is an educational, inspirational, and motivational story. With flashbacks to his youth, the author emphasizes his “normal” childhood. He wasn’t academically gifted. He wasn’t an athlete. He wasn’t popular. Yet, he was able to make a dream come true. Mullane’s message is that any child can aim for and achieve significant dreams.
Liftoff! is the winner of the Children’s Book Council 1995 Outstanding Science Trade Book Award.
Mullane’s space fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? is an excellent companion book to the Liftoff! story. Autographed copies of Do Your Ears Pop In Space? can be ordered here.