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Fatal Faults: The Story of the Challenger Explosion
Fatal Faults: The Story of the Challenger Explosion
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Tangled History

Fatal Faults: The Story of the Challenger Explosion

Some said it was too dangerous to fly. Others insisted the shuttle must take off. Lies, pressure, and faulty parts all played a terrible part in the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Through powerful narrative storytelling, follow the tales of people who experienced the tragedy firsthand. Meets Common Core standards for narrative nonfiction and exploring multiple accounts of an event.

PublisherCapstone Press
BrandTangled History
Age Level8-14 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-4
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count112



Planetary Society - Emily Lakdawalla

"...compelling and well-written. . . .Eric Braun tells the story of the Shuttle disaster through the points of view of a dozen key characters, including engineers, astronauts, and members of the Rogers commission. In very short chapters the point of view shifts from one person to the next, creating an unavoidable momentum toward the disaster." - Planetary Society

November 24, 2015

Ithaca Child, "Alexander's Library: Books for Budding Space Cadets" - Sue Smith-Heavenrich

"Using multiple points of view, Braun details the decisions leading up to the fateful launch, and the investigations that followed. . . .Narrative science reporting at its best." - Ithaca Child, "Alexander's Library: Books for Budding Space Cadets"

November 1, 2015

School Library Journal

"A highly attractive design featuring crisp photos, colored text boxes and sidebars, and clearly labeled chapters and subsections sets this series apart. . . .the appealing visuals, strong writing, and solid nonfiction features make this of interest to both middle schoolers and struggling high school readers." - School Library Journal

September 1, 2015

Eric Braun

Eric Braun

Eric Braun is a strange and handsome man who has written dozens of books for kids and teens, sometimes while wearing a hat. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and sons and gecko. Learn more at

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