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

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Product Details

Price
$7.99  $7.35
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
May 05, 2020
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.2 X 7.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781534440845

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About the Author

Katherine Johnson, a 1937 West Virginia State University graduate, was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital trajectories for NASA were critical to the success of U.S. spaceflights. During her thirty-five years at NASA and its predecessor, she earned a reputation for mastering complex manual calculations and helped pioneer the use of computers to perform the tasks. The space agency noted her historical role as one of the first African-American women to work as a NASA scientist. In 2015, President Barack Obama awarded Katherine the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The upcoming 2021 launch of a USAF Space Force GPS III Satellite has been named in her honor, and she has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorate degrees. Four major buildings, including two NASA facilities, have been named in her honor. She died in February 2020 at the age of 101.

Reviews

* "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