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Lucy Hawking , Stephen Hawking , Garry Parsons
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7 Aug 2008 George's Secret Key to the Universe (Book 4)
Take a rollercoaster ride through the vastness of space and, in the midst of an exciting adventure, discover the mysteries of physics, science and the universe with George, his new friends next door - the scientist Eric and his daughter, Annie - and a super-intelligent computer called Cosmos, which can take them to the edge of a black hole and back again. Or can it? And who else would like to get their hands on Cosmos? A funny and hugely informative romp through space, time and the universe.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055255958X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552559584
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gripping, informative and funny" (The Bookseller)

"It is like a Dr Who adventure, inspiring curiosity and amazement. It makes a case for the relevance and fascination of physics, and for the importance of scientists and eco-warriors working together to save the planet. With a happy circularity, the plot depends on a recent discovery: Hawking Radiation, the leaking of particles out of black holes until they destroy themselves" (The Sunday Times)

"A true beginner's guide to A Brief History of Time" (Publishers Weekly)

"A rollercoaster ride from Stephen Hawking" (Junior)

"George's Secret Key to the Universe is a novel that anyone who devoured Captain Underpants a year or two ago will appreciate" (LA Times)

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From the author of the phenomenal bestseller, A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME.

A collaboration with his daughter on his first ever children's book.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for young minds 2 Nov 2007
My son, who has just turned 8, literally devoured this book from cover to cover in the space of about a week during his half term holiday. This might not be amazing to some people but he has never before read a story book himself, having the attention span of a gnat, he usually prefers information books and comics. So I was delighted when he chose this book for himself and every night he went to bed to read the next exciting chapter of this book. This book obviously ticked all the right boxes for him, enough of a story to keep the characters alive, with a great smattering of facts and figures about space, the universe, planets etc and lots of other things to capture the imagination of a fact-hungry 8 year old !
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY good read 3 Jun 2008
George's secret key to the universe

By Alex aged 10

George's Secret Key to the Universe is a very interesting book with excellent descriptive text as it had good adjectives. The storyline was very gripping because of the trips into outer space I think that it was mostly Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking's daughter that wrote it. I think Stephen Hawking only wrote the educational bits that popped up inside the book, it would have been better if the educational bits had been related to the book. The bits when George travelled out into space through the computer were very exciting because travelling into space is a thing that you only dream about. The bits when he travelled into space taught you about planets, comets, stars and much more. George's Dad was a little strange thinking that having phones or computers or basically anything electrical was evil. You can tell that George is a very well planned out character because of his personality and virtues. Eric and Annie were also good characters with traits that are unseen at the beginning. Overall an extremely good read though I would say it was aimed at younger readers I would give it 7/10
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the young, and not so young 27 Sep 2007
By D. Shaw
I really enjoyed this. It was a great introduction to the universe, though it focused more on the solar system than the universe as a whole. The fact boxes are really useful too.

The concept of Cosmos the computer being able to create doors to the universe is really cool. And it is a very gripping read! always be careful around black holes!

The name dropping of Hawking radiation was nicely done.

I shall be letting my younger brothers borrow this
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Further Than You've Ever Gone Before 30 Oct 2007
By Sensible Cat VINE VOICE
I wish this book had been around when I was a kid devouring everything about stars and planets that I could lay my hands on. The story itself is nothing special, but it's full of fascinating and inspiring information, woven so neatly into the narrative that readers will hardly be aware that they are learning.

Illustrations are scattered liberally throughout the text, in the form of both amusing pen-and-ink sketches and breathtaking photographs of astronomical phenomena. The reach of the book is truly universal, going much further than the familiar tour of the Solar System and even taking in the latest developments in our understanding of black holes. To explain a black hole clearly and comprehensively to primary school children is quite an achievement.

There's no dumbing down of the science - children's curiosity and intellectual development are respected throughout. A brilliant gift for young fans of Doctor Who - there's more than a touch of Tennant geek chic about Eric, the bespectacled, gangly Professor with wild hair and an amazing computer who moves in next door to George and shows him there's more to life than his parents' eco-activism and his pet pig.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last a book my son liked! 4 Oct 2008
My 11 year old son had never really enjoyed a book since he outgrew Horrid Henry. He kept asking for George's Secret Key to the Universe, I think mainly because it has his name in the title. We were convinced he'd never get through it but finally caved in and bought it and he absolutely loved it. When we went to say good night to him he always had more exciting facts for us. We're now struggling to find another book he'll read as enthusiastically!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of This World!! 23 Sep 2009
Bought this for my little boy who is four and a half. What a great book for any space mad child....and their mum!!! A great story, George lives with his mum and dad and pet pig next to an overgrown house with a secret. The book drew both myself and my son in and held us. An exciting story which would suit children of either gender having both strong male and female characters. Exciting descriptions of space travel, simplified enough for younger readers or in my sons case, listeners. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to him.

Also has some fabulous colour pictures to look at and diagrams which older kids would appreciate.

Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Key Indeed 5 Oct 2008
I picked this book up to read as part of a Book Chain I was doing as an illustration for pupils in a P4-7 Class(Scotland) and enjoyed this very much. The pace of the story is fast and there are wonderful fact boxes and photographs of space phenomena like comets, planets and all sorts of spacey things! There's also a great Poster of the Solar System. What a novel way to introduce learning about Space!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your children 9 Dec 2007
My 10 year old read this quicker and with more enthusiasm than most of his previous books. A great page turner and educational as well. What more could you want?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I loved this book, I feel boys who don't like to read would like it. I love the extra information about the planets and the universe which could even get them interested in space.
Published 1 month ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Fast paced, gripping, exciting and interesting, one of the best. I could not put it down or even take my eyes off it. A good book for people who love science and fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RUPT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
We are delighted wi all three books in this sequence. Bought for nephew last year and dsughter this year. They are both delighted with them
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Hutcheon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn more about our universe
This book was given as a present to a 7 year old who provided the following review:
"I like books because I can read them almost all the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rich G
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mix of fact and fiction
Older daughter is an avid reader and is also doing space as a project at school. She just loved this book and has asked for the sequels.
Published 3 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, including real science
My 9 year old science-mad daughter is loving these books. I have been telling my friends off for not telling me the Hawkings wrote children's books, but most of their children are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K. L. Buckle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lots of scientific info!
I bought this book to use with my class of Year 5's. Just finished reading it myself and really enjoyed it - now very excited about reading it to my class! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars kids love this book
kids asked for this book as they had read it at school. Arrived promptly and in good condition. The kids have read several times,
Published 11 months ago by A. murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars kids love it!
I gave this book as a present to my daughter, 12, and her cousin of same age (in Italy, thus the italian translation). Both loved it and read it with passion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bruni Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
An adventurous book suitable for girls and boys. This was read by 10 year olds girls. An interesting way to learn about space. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 12 months ago by lee67
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