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The longitude prize / Joan Dash, pictures by Dusan Petricic.

By: Dash, Joan.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Basel ; New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2000Edition: 1st ed.Description: 200 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0374346364; 9780374346362.Subject(s): Chronometers -- History -- Juvenile literature | Longitude -- Measurement -- History -- Juvenile literature | Harrison, John, 1693-1776 -- Juvenile literature | Clock and watch makers -- Great Britain -- Biography -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 681.1/1/092 | B Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2001.Summary: The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.
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The story of John Harrison, inventor of watches and clocks, who spent forty years working on a time-machine which could be used to accurately determine longitude at sea.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2001.

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Gr 6 Up-This rousing history focuses on the life of the British clockmaker who invented an ingenious way of measuring longitude at sea. This form of measurement was undeveloped in the 18th century, so the British Parliament offered a prize of 20,000 pounds to the first person to come up with an accurate system. John Harrison eventually succeeded overcoming not only the practical problem, but also the prejudices of the scientific community against his humble background and his unusual method. Dash is enthusiastic about her subject, injecting true drama and excitement into the narrative without veering from history. Her explanations of science concepts are clear and easy to follow. Though Harrison's work is key, his life intersects that of many other colorful characters, including Edmond Halley and King George III, all of whom emerge as interesting individuals. Many parts of Harrison's life are unrecorded, but the text always clarifies which areas are speculation or fact. In fact, the piecing together of data by historians becomes a fascinating element of the book, giving readers insight into the challenges and techniques of biographical research. Petricic's small, clever illustrations that open each chapter enhance the text. Dava Sobel's Longitude (Walker, 1995) brought Harrison to the attention of many adults, but The Longitude Prize may need a push to find a young audience. Consider recommending this high-quality title for biography assignments, for inventor reports, and for fans of Jean Latham's Carry on, Mr. Bowditch (Houghton, 1955).-Steven Engelfried, Deschutes County Library, Bend, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Joan Dash lives in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of We Shall Not Be Moved: The Women's Factory Strike of 1909 .<br> <br> Dusan Petricic is a well-known editorial artist and illustrator of children's books. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.<br>

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