Laika

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First Second, Sep 4, 2007 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 205 pages
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Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler.  This is her journey.

Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller.  Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.   Laika's story will speak straight to your heart.
Laika is the winner of the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens and an Eisner Award nominee for Best Reality-Based Work.

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User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

(Éamon, I don't think you should read this book.) The story mostly revolves around humans, even though it's supposed to be about the first dog in space. The humans weren't as interesting to me. There ... Read full review

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User Review  - Libby - Goodreads

From the afterword: "Nick Abadzis researched with impressive thoroughness - from the stacks of the British Library to Korolev's house in Moscow - all the facts that have come to light since the ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Nick Abadzis is a British comics creator whose work has been published across the globe - from the U.S. to Japan.  He based his book on the true story of the Sputnik 2: there was really a dog named Laika, and she touched the stars before she died.  In writing his graphic novel, Nick Abadzis did thorough scientific and historical research, including traveling to Russia, visiting special Sputnik 2 archives, and interviewing experts in the field.  He lives inLondon with his wife and daughter.

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