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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Contributor(s): Stone, Tanya Lee (Author), Weitekamp, Margaret A. (Foreword by)

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ISBN: 0763645028     ISBN-13: 9780763645021
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2009

Annotation: When NASA was launched in 1958, 13 women proved they had as much of the right stuff as men to be astronauts, but their way to space was blocked by prejudice, insecurity, and a scrawled note written by one of Washington's most powerful men. This is the true story of the Mercury 13 women. Illustrations.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Women
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology - Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
Dewey: B
LCCN: 2008017487
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 980(Not Available)
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 9.1" W x 9.8" (1.00 lbs) 133 pages
- Chronological Period - 20th Century
- Sex & Gender - Feminine
- Catalog Heading - Biographies
- Curriculum Strand - Biographies
Features: Bibliography, Ikids, Illustrated, Index, Price on Product, Price on Product - Canadian, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Booklist 02/15/2009 pg. 77
Horn Book Magazine 03/01/2009 pg. 214
Publishers Weekly 05/04/2009 pg. 49
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2009 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129067
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
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Publisher Description:
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? 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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