The Trip to the Moon
The Butterfly Club 4
M A Bennett
The Trip to the Moon is the fourth and final adventure of the time-travelling Butterfly Club children. The series by M A Bennett has been exciting, brilliantly plotted with great characters and intriguing historical settings.
Following their last adventure, Luna and her friends have begun to doubt the motives of the Butterfly Club. It no longer seems like the intention of the club, in carrying out their time travel, is to bring back from the future technological developments that will benefit society in 1894. The team are even more sceptical when Butterfly Club member and filmmaker Georges Méliès pleads to be allowed to go forward. He wants to harvest a movie camera from the future to make his ambitious film, A Trip to the Moon.
When The Butterfly Club call up their mentor Professor Lorenz’s hologram from 1969, he has tragic news. The professor reports that all of America is in mourning. The most ambitious scientific project in history – to reach the moon – has ended in disaster. The Apollo 11 mission has stalled in the most terrible way – an unexplained explosion has resulted in the astronauts being trapped in a fatal fire.
Now it is the professor who asks the time thieves for help. He beseeches them to travel forward to 1969 and stop the dreadful accident, and make sure the trip to the moon can go ahead. Once they have arrived the children begin to suspect the hand of their arch-nemesis and fellow time thief, Arthur John Priest. Why would he also be at the launch site? Can the children win their race against time and prevent the tragedy?