Publisher description for The time it takes to fall / Margaret Lazarus Dean.

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It is the early 1980s, and America is in love with space. Growing up in

the shadow of Cape Canaveral, young Dolores Gray has it particularly

bad: she dreams of becoming an astronaut.

But at home, things are falling apart. As her father's job as a NASA

technician is threatened, discord begins to grow between her parents. At

school, there are still other problems: Dolores finds herself caught

between her desire for popularity and her secret friendship with the

smartest and most unpopular boy in her class, whose father is NASA's

Director of Launch Safety.

Looking for escape, Dolores loses herself in her scrapbook, where she

files away newspaper articles about the astronauts and the shuttles,

weather reports on launch scrubs, and stories about her idol, Judith


Then, on the morning of January 28, 1986, seventy-three seconds after

liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger explodes, killing all seven

astronauts on board - including Judith Resnik. It is a moment that

shakes America to its core, and nowhere is it more deeply felt than in

central Florida. Dolores becomes determined to reconstruct what went

wrong, both in her parent's marriage and at NASA, in the hope that she

can save her father's job and keep her family together.

The Time It Takes To Fall is a coming-of-age novel that deftly weaves

the story of one family's drama into the larger picture of a touchstone

event in American history. It is at once an intimate look at a young

girl's loss of innocence and a portrait of America's loss of innocence -

the end of an era that romanticized manned space flight, and would never

be the same again.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Space flight -- Fiction.
Challenger (Spacecraft) -- Accidents -- Fiction.
Space shuttles -- Accidents -- Fiction.
Florida -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.