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Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

Author: Tanya Lee Stone; Margaret A Weitekamp
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Have you ever heard of the 'Mercury 13' women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA's astronaut program, there were others who tried? What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness -- any checklist would  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Juvenile works
Biographies
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Named Person: Women astronauts; Women astronauts
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tanya Lee Stone; Margaret A Weitekamp
ISBN: 9780763636111 0763636118 9780763645021 0763645028 9780329700805 0329700804 9781451703764 1451703767
OCLC Number: 225846987
Notes: "The true story of the "Mercury 13" women"--Cover.
Awards: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2010.
Orbis Pictus Honor, 2010.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 2010.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist, 2010.
Target Audience: 980
Description: 133 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / Margaret A. Weitekamp --
T minus thirty-eight years --
I jumped at the offer --
Not a meaningful test! --
Mommy's going to the moon! --
Too good to be true --
Regret to advise --
Let's stop this now! --
Jerrie Cobb isn't running this program. I am! --
The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes --
NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space --
We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back --
I am living proof that dreams do come true --
Author's note --
Appendix --
Further reading --
Webliography --
Sources --
Source notes --
Photography credits --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Tanya Lee Stone ; [foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp].
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"Have you ever heard of the 'Mercury 13' women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA's astronaut program, there were others who tried? What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness -- any checklist would certainly includes these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule in place: astronauts must be male, and they must be white. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved not only that they were as tough as any man but also that they were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and a note scrawled by one of the most powerful men in Washington. But in the end, their inspiring example empowered young women to take the rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age." -- Book jacket.

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by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-04-09) Excellent Permalink

I am not a non-fiction reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I had meant to just skim through it but I became absorbed in the story. This book is easily accessible to middle school readers, it tells the good and the bad equally and without judgement. A great addition to the library.

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