Synopses & Reviews
What would you do with a billion dollars? This question gets a definitive answer from billionaire Richard Branson: do everything! Born into a wealthy family in London, Branson suffered from dyslexia and was a poor student. Still, his knack for business started early with a successful parakeet-breeding enterprise at age 11.The charismatic entrepreneur launched his first major business, Virgin Records, at age 22 and spent the next few decades building the Virgin group that now includes more than 400 companies. Known for his eccentric lifestyle and trillion-watt smile, Bransons hot air balloon flights, innovative leadership, and world record attempts have made him an instantly-recognizable global icon.
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and, to an audience of over 450 million people, proclaimed his step a ?giant leap for mankind.? This Eagle Scout built his own model planes as a little boy and then grew up to be a test pilot for experimental aircraft before becoming an astronaut. Over 80 black-and-white illustrations bring Armstrong?s story to life.
About the Author
Michael Burgan has written more than two dozen biographies for young readers. His Breaker Boys, about photographer Lewis Hine and his depiction of child labor, was named one of SLJ's 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books of 2013.