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George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt [Hardcover]

Lucy Hawking , Stephen Hawking , Garry Parsons
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Book Description

2 April 2009

'We are going,' said Annie, 'on a great cosmic journey. So listen up, Savers of Planet Earth, and prepare to meet the Universe.'

George's best friend Annie needs help. Her scientist father, Eric, is working on a space project - and it's all going wrong. A robot has landed on Mars, but is behaving very oddly. And now Annie has discovered something wierd on her dad's super-computer.

Is it a message from an alien? Could there be life out there? How do you find a planet in outer space? And if you could talk to aliens, what would you say?



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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Childrens (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385611900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385611909
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the smash-hit success of GEORGE'S SECRET KEY TO THE UNIVERSE comes a second out of this world adventure from Lucy Hawking and Professor Stephen Hawking, the most famous science genius in the Universe!

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‘The truth is out there, George,’ said Annie. ‘And we are going to find it . . .’

George’s best friend Annie needs help. Her scientist father, Eric, is working on a space project – and it’s all going wrong.A robot has landed on Mars, but is behaving very oddly. And now Annie has discovered a weird message on her dad’s supercomputer.

Is it a message from an alien?

Colliding hadrons!If Earth is to be saved, George and Annie – with the help of their computer genius friend Emmett – must use the supercomputer to travel into space.First stop Mars – and then on to the very edge of the known galaxy as they follow one clue after another on a fabulous treasure hunt across the cosmos.

Could there be life out there?

And how do you talk to aliens?

This terrific adventure is not only an action-packed rollercoaster ride into a dramatic adventure but is also FILLED with masses of all the LATEST scientific knowledge about our universe . AND there are special essays from some of the top experts in the world . . . about life on Mars, about travelling across the universe and about the search for real-life extra-terrestrials!


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 26 May 2009
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I have an 8yr old son who loved the first book, and is enjoying being read this book. There's lots of information in there if you get asked a difficult question, and the plot is great for the kids to follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading and educational too. 15 May 2010
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I have been reading this to my 5 year old son. We have already read George's Secret Key to the universe and my son pestered the life out of me to get this book as soon as we had finished. Although my son is only 5 he was able to understand the story line easily and the plot kept both of us interested until the end.

This time George travels to America for the holidays to stay with Eric and Annie who have moved there. He meets a new friend Emmett and the three children become involved in a cosmic puzzle which involves journeys to other worlds via Cosmos the computer.

The great bit about these books is that they are educational as well as exciting to read. Throughout the book are pages explaining different scientific facts which relate to the plot of the book and also some amazing colour photos which really spark the imagination.

We were fortunate enough to meet Lucy Hawking at the Edinburgh Science Festival recently who confirmed that a third adventure will be released soon.

Would recommend this for age 5 and up although younger children would need an adult to read the story to them. A great book for enquiring minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hawkings' Duo Universe - hardcover and CD 20 Sep 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
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SAFE READING - NO SPOILERS - hardcover edition

I have always had an overt admiration for Stephen Hawking having read some of his early work with Robin Penrose; they had such imaginatively scientific ideas. "Over the past thirty years, Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose have done more than anyone to further our understanding of the nature of gravitation and cosmology."--John Barrow, New Scientist (I am still puzzled by the lack of a knighthood for Professor Hawking.)

The book, their first, was co-written in 2007 with his journalist daughter, Lucy, a former PhD research student, Christophe Galfard, and illustrated by Garry Parsons. I bought it for my grandsons - three and one. I like to start early if there actually is an "early"! (The three year-old has already been to the Science and Natural History Museums twice. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful places to visit freely.)

Set in the context of a children's story with George, the science is covertly between and on the lines of the story; every so often, it appears overtly in special "grey sections" to distinguish them from the story itself in which scientific facts are given about, e.g. Jupiter, Comets, Matter, Exoplanets and so on. There are also four lengthy colour sections with plates of planets,rockets and other fascinating subjects. Throughout, the narrative is illustrated by b/w drawings of the stories events and characters.

Particularly interesting and enjoyable new features of this book (not in the previous one) are the eight sections on "The Latest Scientific Theories!" written by a wide range of eminent scientists, each ending in a simple first name, e.g. "Is There Anybody Out There?", Lord Rees, President of the Royal Society, Trinity College, University of Cambridge,signed "Martin".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars xmas present 9 Dec 2009
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I bought this book for my son as he really enjoyed Stephen Hawking's previous book and as my son is someone who hates reading I was amazed when he actually finished a book.
I am hoping he will enjoy this one just as much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars georges cosmic treasurehunt 26 Oct 2010
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Format:Paperback
i Really enjoyed the book.
i recommend it to anyone.
the pictures in the book are so nice.
the ending is suprising.
i want to tell you what happened but i don't want to spoil it for you.
the book cotains action,description and adventure.
hope you enjoy the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all space lovers 22 Sep 2013
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For all those looking to engage their boys in reading,I can't recommend this highly enough. Not that it's just for boys, far from it, my daughter has breezed through the series but i know that getting boys to read is an issue so for all those space loving kids out there, this is a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 2 April 2013
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I brought these books for my grandson George aged 6 who is reading them and finding them very hard to put down. The photos are exceptional and the stories fantastic. Would definately recommend.
I liked them because they are interesting and had my grandson mesmerised from the very first page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding series. 2 Dec 2012
By mcah TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Real science within a thrilling adventure. All three (so far) in this series thrilled my 9 year old boy who read each one in 2-3 days and loved them.
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I am so pleased that I found this series. I recently bought this audiobook for my six and a half year old cousin, he has been studying Space as a project at school and we have... Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by RustyFinn
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My son HATES reading so I was thrilled when he came across this series and can't get enough of it. I'm reading the first one myself to see why he likes it so much and there is a... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars educational for kids but also entertaining for parents
I myself enjoyed listening to the CD. It is an intellingent way to introduce physics and astronomy to children but will not be boring to adults.
Published on 7 Jun 2011 by Polinaa
5.0 out of 5 stars georges cosmic treasurehunt
i Really enjoyed the book.
i recommend it to anyone.
the pictures in the book are so nice.
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Published on 26 Oct 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
This book was bought for and sent to our 8 year old grandson who lives in the Irish Republic. We understand that both he (who has an advanced reading age) and his oldre sister both... Read more
Published on 30 May 2010 by Mr. Michael R. Byrt
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Adventure
Another brilliant story and lots of lovely science too. We can't wait for the next one!
Published on 26 May 2010 by Mrs. K. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
I have not read the entire book yet, though I am being pressured to do so by a grandson, for whom the book was purchased. Read more
Published on 10 May 2010 by Hampshire Grandad
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