The Longitude Prize

Written by Joan Dash. Illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Published by Frances Foster Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux.



Set in the exciting historical framework of the 18th century, this book chronicles the invention of a seagoing clock by John Harrison and the surrounding scientific, economic and political activity of 18th-century Great Britain. Petricic's black-and-white illustrations chart with levity Harrison's drive to solve the longitude problem with his clocks and his struggle to receive recognition for his ultimate achievement. A detailed glossary and concise timeline complement the book's biography and index.

Awards Won

Title Year
Sibert Seal Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
The Sibert Award honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature.
2001 - Honor(s)