Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream by Stone, Tanya Lee (#19909Z6)


Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream

by Stone, Tanya Lee
Paperback Candlewick Press, 2009


From the Publisher
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 Astronautsis the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age. Back matter includes an author's note, an appendix, further reading, a bibliography, sources, source notes, and an index.
Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2010
  • Book Links, 01/01/11
  • Booklist, 02/15/09
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/09
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/09
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 03/01/09
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 01/01/09
  • New York Times, 07/12/09
  • Publishers Weekly, 05/04/09
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2010
  • School Library Journal starred, 03/01/09
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 02/01/09
  • Wilson's Junior High School, 01/09/10
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 10/01/11
  • Wilson's Senior High School, 02/01/11
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults-Nominees, 2010
Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2009
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: 629.45
  • Classifications: Collective Biography, Nonfiction
  • Description: 133 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-4502-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4502-1
  • Follett Number: 19909Z6
  • Interest Level: 5-8
  • Reading Level: 6.9
  • ATOS Book Level: 7.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 4
  • AR Quiz: 129067EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 8.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 9
  • Lexile: 980L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: Y