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The Apollo Time Capsule Reader Reviews

The Apollo Time Capsule

James Cunningham

Without being a spoiler, I would say that this is an amazing, thrilling, space geek story full of action. Space geeks would love this book!

Ryan is a curious, adventurous boy who is obsessed with space and couldn't think much about anything else. Clare is very much like Ryan, she is a space geek too and also in class 6A. The only difference between these two adventuring characters is that they were born 50 years apart.

It is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, 2019. Ryan's class, 6A find a time capsule which was buried in 1969 by a different class 6A. The discovery makes Ryan embark on a hunt to find Clare; her letter was in the time capsule. She has inspired Ryan even more about space.

I would recommend this book to Year 3 and 4 children because it is very exciting and contains some great adventurous language that would improve the vocabulary of the reader.

Children who love space will love this book!

Victoria McCormick

Calling all space enthusiasts and time-travel experts, your next mystery has arrived.

A great read for anyone interested in NASA, space and time travel. Many children (and grownups) will be able to relate to Ryan, the story’s main character. It is clear from the first page that Ryan is fascinated by space, but refreshingly he is not presented as a stereotypical nerd. The fact that he is a ‘space geek’ is acknowledged by his friend Kayden, but I liked that this was not Ryan’s defining feature. He is a normal student who rushes around and likes to hang out with his friends, space just happens to be his favourite subject.

The author has highlighted not only Ryan’s passion for space, but readers can also see his intelligence and kindness. I especially liked the relationships Ryan had with his father and Mr Deegan the street sweeper: they added an extra layer of depth to Ryan’s character and to the story overall.

The time travel element was a fun idea, but I felt that the author could have left it a bit more open-ended for readers to come up with their own ideas as to what they think happened.

Without talking down to their audience, the authors included interesting information about space travel which should satisfy both well-informed readers who love anything space related like Ryan but will also interest those less familiar with the subject. It’s a very enjoyable story, for both space geeks and those new to the subject. As for more space exploration? Nothing is impossible.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781510445185
Publication date: 27th September 2019
Author: David MacPhail
Publisher: Rising Stars UK Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 72 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Reading Scheme, Space