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

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

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

"This rich volume is a national treasure." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Captivating, informative, and inspiring...Easy to follow and hard to put down." --School Library Journal (starred review)

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

As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father's words in mind: "You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you."

In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA's biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.

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.

Author: Katherine Johnson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 07/02/2019
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.70w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781534440838
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 7.1
Point Value: 8
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 504200 / Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 05/15/2019 pg. 98
Publishers Weekly 06/24/2019
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 07/01/2019
School Library Journal 07/01/2019 pg. 59
Booklist 06/01/2019 pg. 81
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2020 pg. 106
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average