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Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : Juvenile audience : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Biography Juvenile literature
Material Type: Biography, Juvenile audience, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tanya Lee Stone
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.
Target Audience: 980
Description: 133 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Tanya Lee Stone ; [foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp].
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What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. They were blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But even though the Mercury 13 women did not make it into space, they did not lose, for their example empowered young women to take their place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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Great addition to the library

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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