The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto

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Rising Moon, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Mike's discovery caused an uproar. Astronomers around the globe asked: What is a planet anyway? As a kid, Mike Brown gazed at his poster of the nine planets and wondered: Is there more out there? The hunt was on. This nonfiction picture book tells the story of astronomer Mike Brown, from his childhood, to his growing curiosity about our solar system, to his amazing discoveries.

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

An excellent examination of one of the key ideas upon which all modern scientific endeavor rests - namely, that our understanding of reality must keep pace with new evidence - this charming picture ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peggy Thomson - Goodreads

If I were still teaching, I'd probably have to buy this because I couldn't imagine doing a unit for kids 4-12 without it. Really worthwhile. It's a good time to read it with our current events regarding Pluto. Read full review

About the author (2007)

The award-winning freelance writer Elizabeth Rusch has published more than one hundred articles in magazines such as Muse, Smithsonian, and Mother Jones. She is the author of a number award-winning nonfiction titles for children, including: Generation Fix, Will it Blow?, The Planet Hunter, For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart, Eruption!, and The Mighty Mars Rovers.

Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. You can visit Liz online at

Guy Francis spends most of his time drawing, painting, and drawing some more. He has done a variety of illustration work in the children's market, including editorial and educational illustration, chapter books, and picture books. He freelances from his home in Provo, Utah, where his wife and four children are his own personal art critics and bring a healthy bit of chaos to the studio. Every now and then he gets out of the house and heads to the mountains with his family.

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