Books by Lucy Hawking

LUCY HAWKING has worked for New York Magazine and has written for the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Times (London), and the London Evening Standard and the author of Jaded (available from Plume). She is one of Professor Stephen Hawking’s three children.

GEORGE AND THE BLUE MOON  by Stephen Hawking
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Will likely sell well, as usual—but also as usual, the essays and the storyline are aimed at different audiences. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and Annie again tackle "crazy squillionaire" Alioth Merak as the megalomaniac takes another stab at dominating the world (and beyond). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Star-quality co-authors will (as with the previous episodes) ensure good sales, but the broad gap between the ingenuous storyline and challenging informational content will frustrate some young readers and bore the rest. (Informational science fiction. 10-12)"
George and his impulsive friend Annie, both white, take more trips into space to save the Earth from a madman with a supercomputer. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Labored and wrapped in a thin film of artificial drama as it is, this set of mind-expanding if scattershot exposures to some of science's biggest theories and ideas will once again find a large audience thanks more to its celebrity co-author than its content. (Science fiction/informational hybrid. 10-12)"
Like their first two collaborations, the Hawkings' third and final George book offers a hybrid mixture of made-up adventures in space/time interleaved with miniessays on, as one character unoriginally puts it, "life, the Universe, and everything." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

George's key—unsurprisingly—turns out to be a knowledge of physics, as the young protagonist of this blend of science fact and fiction proclaims after various adventures in space, in school, with a gang of bullies and an evil mad scientist. Raised in a computer-less house by eco-activist parents who feed him broccoli muffins, young George is delighted to learn that his new neighbor, Eric, is a scientist with a moody super-laptop named Cosmos that can both open doors to any charted part of the universe and also control time. George learns about the stellar life cycle, rides on a comet and then, thanks to a recent notion of physicist Hawking's that black holes evaporate (over millions of years), helps to rescue Eric, who has been tricked into falling into a black hole by rival astrophysicist Graham Reeper. George finishes up with a rousing lecture to his peers; Reeper and the bullies depart in high dudgeon. Science lessons are embedded in the thin tale as well as presented in boxed asides. Considering the theme, and that two of the three writers are themselves trained scientists, it would have been nice if they'd gotten their basic facts right and not so blithely set aside the laws of physics whenever convenient to the story. Illustrated with line drawings or star photos on nearly every page and with a 100,000-copy first printing, it's likely to sell well—but like many crossovers, it doesn't show much respect for its target audience. (Fantasy. 10-12)Read full book review >