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George's Secret Key to the Universe | [Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking]

George's Secret Key to the Universe

George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos' help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos?
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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter, Lucy, explain the universe to listeners of all ages.

George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos' help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science.

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©2007 Lucy Hawking; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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    Barbara Chillicothe, OH, United States 07-25-11
    Barbara Chillicothe, OH, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Listen!"

    My 11 year old boy was hesitant to purchase this one...but he LOVED it...we even listened to Steven Hawking's Postlude together, he was so enthralled with the story and author's special abilities. Great job!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Meridian, ID, United States 03-05-11
    Kelli Meridian, ID, United States 03-05-11
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    "Fun and educational children's book!"

    This book seems geared for grammar school kids through young teens and the authors manage very well to make really complex scientific concepts accessible even to very young readers. The language is simple, and the characters easy to relate to. As an adult, I thought the story was cute and very educational. I enjoy reading physics written for a general audience. It's great that Stephen Hawking, as one of the most brilliant physicists ever, has made his work so accessible to general audiences and now, with the help of his daughter, to children. I think this would be a fantastic book to listen to on a road trip with kids, especially if you were on your way to an observatory or planetarium. It has some good messages to kids and parents. The narration is polished and portrays the characters and action well. Dr. Hawking discusses the more technical aspects of the science at the end himself, which is a nice bonus.

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    David ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 10-03-13
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    If you could sum up George's Secret Key to the Universe in three words, what would they be?

    Physics and astronomy made fun.


    What does Hugh Dancy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hugh Dancy's use of accent, tone and inflection brings the characters to life


    Any additional comments?

    My girls (8 and 10) were captivated by this book. As soon as they get in the car they want me to play it and were always disapointed when we would stop and have to get out of teh car. It truely was a treat for them and they learned so much. I really enjoyed it too, it is a great little yarn. It was a great opportunity for me to share my love of physics with them.

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    Jillianne CHEHALIS, WA, United States 10-18-13
    Jillianne CHEHALIS, WA, United States 10-18-13
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    "Entertaining and educational at the same time."
    Would you consider the audio edition of George's Secret Key to the Universe to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed this book. It's meant for kids over 7-8 years old so younger kids might be confused by some of the science being explained. But the situations the characters find themselves in does a great job of finding a visual way of explaining the science. It's a great book for kids who have an interest in the sciences or the natural world. The relationship between George and Annie is lovely and believable. It's nice to see a girl who doesn't fall into the stereotypic roles of either the ditzy girl or the brainiac know-it-all. The last "chapter" in the audio version is of Stephen Hawking himself discussing space and solar system. Wonderful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When George and Eric lose contact with Cosmos and you don't know what will happen to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


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