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Reaching for the Moon : The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician KatherineJohnson - Katherine Johnson

Reaching for the Moon

The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician KatherineJohnson

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2019
ISBN: 9781534440838
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

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The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11.

Throughout Katherine Johnson’s extraordinary career, there hasn’t been a boundary she hasn’t broken through or a ceiling she hasn’t shattered. In the early 1950s, she joined the organization that would one day become NASA, and which had only just begun to hire black mathematicians. Her job there was to analyze data and calculate the complex equations needed for successful space flights. As a black woman in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges and often wasn’t taken seriously by the scientists and engineers she worked with. But her colleagues couldn’t ignore her obvious gifts—or her persistence. Soon she was computing the trajectory for Alan Shepard’s first flight and working on the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon. Katherine’s life has been a succession of achievements, each one greater than the last.

Katherine Johnson’s story was made famous in the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Now in Reaching for the Moon she tells her own story for the first time, in a lively autobiography that will inspire young readers everywhere.

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* "Johnson artfully weaves in the heart of how African American communities have survived and advanced-through "self-help and sacrificing" for the next generation. Her writing style is comfortable and conversational, like a visit over tea that you wish would never end. From a long-lived American legend, this rich volume is a national treasure." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Johnson's story is captivating, informative, and inspiring. She neatly and accurately weaves in significant historical events that had profound effects on our country and the African American community, including the murder of Emmett Till, lunch counter sit-ins, and school integration. Larger ideas such as white supremacy are broken down with ease for younger readers. . . . Johnson's story is easy to follow and hard to put down. Highly recommended for purchase in any school library." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"[Johnson's] loose narrative style feels conversational, which will draw in readers, and an interesting afterword compares the movie Hidden Figures to her actual experience. . . . Kids will be excited to learn more about her journey." -- Booklist
"Alternately warmly personal and coolly observant, Johnson is always clear in her explanations. Black-and-white photos illustrate this highly accessible memoir by a groundbreaking woman." -- Publishers Weekly
"In this most authentic, highly personal account, Katherine writes her own story at the age of 100! . . . Katherine's intelligent, softly confident voice helps readers get to know her personally. Johnson makes her own story available for tweens, hoping to inspire the next generation to always do their best." -- School Library Connection

ISBN: 9781534440838
ISBN-10: 1534440836
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 2019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.34

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