Laika

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 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.

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User Review  - blurble - LibraryThing

Clear flat color cartooning, with a european flavor. A well researched, semi-historical account of Laika, the first dog in space. Painful and wonderful. Read full review

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This graphic 'novel' tells the story of the first dog in space, launched by the Soviet Union space program in 1957, with no provisions for returning her to earth. Laika's story from a Moscow street ... Read full review

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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.nbsp; 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.nbsp;nbsp;In writing his graphic novel, Nick Abadzisnbsp;did thorough scientific andnbsp;historicalnbsp; research, including travelling to Russia, visiting special Sputnik 2 archives, andnbsp;interviewing experts in the field.nbsp; He lives in London with his wife and daughter.