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Almost Astronauts: The Story Of The Merc

Almost Astronauts: The Story Of The Merc
 

What does it take to be an astronaut? Mastery at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, being in top shape - any checklist would certainly include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. This is the tale of... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780763636111
Barcode 9780763636111
Published 1 May 2009 by Candlewick Press,U.S
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stone, Tanya Lee
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ISBN-13 9780763636111
ISBN-10 0763636118
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Candlewick Press,U.S
Imprint Candlewick Press,U.S.
Publication Date 1 May 2009
International Publication Date 24 February 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Stone, Tanya Lee
Category Award Winning
Space Science & Technology
Astronautics
Space
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 236mm
Height: 259mm
Spine: 11mm
Weight 636g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Women astronauts, Astronauts, Sex discrimination against women, Women astronauts - United States, Project Mercury (U.S.) - History
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code 629.450092273
Catalogue Code NZ505349

Description of this Book

They had the right stuff. They defied the prejudices of the time. And they blazed a trail for generations of women to follow.What does it take to be an astronaut? Mastery at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, being in top shape - any checklist would certainly 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 not only proved that they were as tough as the toughest man, but were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, by jealousy, by the scrawled note of one of the most powerful men in Washington. But, in the end, they did not lose, for their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules that could bring human beings to distant planets. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award 2010 -- Winner of Children's Book Committee Award (Nonfiction) 2010 -- Commended for Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards (Nonfiction) 2009 -- Commended for Grand Canyon Reader Award (Tween Nonfiction) 2014 -- Commended for Jane Addams Children's Book Award (Books for Older Children) 2010
NZ Review Stone's carefully researched book makes the point that in the 1950s and '60s there were '13 women who... had the Right Stuff' - but were the wrong sex at the wrong time.--New York Times Book Review This passionately written account of a classic but little-known challenge to established gender prejudices also introduces readers to a select group of courageous, independent women.--School Library Journal (starred review) Fascinating, dramatic storyi1/2The author offers great insight into how deeply ingrained sexism was in merican society and its institutions. Handsomely illustrated with photographs, this empowering, impassioned story will leave readers inspired.--Kirkus (starred review) Stone presents the full story of early-sixties public discourse about women's capabilities and clearly shows the personal, political, and physical risks taken by the women in pursuit of their dream.--The Horn Book (starred review) The chatty, immediate style ( Picture this ) and full-page photos make for a fast read, and the crucial civil-rights history will stay with readers.--Booklist An inspiring if heartbreaking true story of grit, persistence, and determination.--ForeWord magazine

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Author's Bio

Tanya Lee Stone is a former editor and award-winning author who often writes about strong women. She has garnered starred reviews and other accolades for books such as Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald and the highly popular Amelia Earhart. She lives in Vermont.

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