The Time It Takes To Fall
The Time It Takes to Fall: A Novel
The Time It Takes To Fall
Margaret Lazarus Dean
Dreaming of a future in space travel while growing up in 1980s Cape Canaveral, young Dolores Gray struggles with the harsh realities of her increasingly unstable home life and is shocked by the devastating 1986 explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • Historical Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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This is a book about Dolores Gray and the changes that take place in her life. The story starts out with her and her family happy and together, but then her father is fired from his job as a technician at NASA. The story than introduces Eric Biersdorfer, son of the Director of Launch Saftey, and when he becomes friends with Dolores a chance for her father to get his job at NASA opens up, and Dolores' mom seems willing to do anything to get that job back for her husband, maybe even have an affair with the Director of Launch Safety.

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Dolores had never imagined that life in Cape Canaveral could be anything but perfect. She loves the launches, the broadcasts, her family, her friends, and knows everything there is to know about space. She keeps a journal of every launch, dutifully recording all of the relevant facts in order to further her dreams of becoming an astronaut, confirming the details with her technician father and best friend, Eric. She's the best in her class, her teachers love her, and, most importantly, she's happy. But without warning, everything changes.

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