Hidden Figures, Young Reader's Edition: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space
Hidden Figures, Young Reader's Edition: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space

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Annotation: Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #131156
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 231 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-266237-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-95898-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-266237-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-95898-2
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2016952958
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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ALA Booklist
Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden are names that have been largely forgotten. The four women worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in the mid-twentieth century. Each displayed early aptitude for math, sharp curiosity about the world around them, and marked confidence in the face of discrimination. They contributed to discoveries about space and to sending manned missions into orbit. Their life stories are the perfect impetus for discussion on a host of important historical themes germane to the 1950s, such as gender roles, racial prejudice and segregation, and scientific exploration. In any context, these women's contributions to science and aerospace technology would be impressive, but the obstacles imposed by the norms of their society make their achievements all the more impressive. Middle-schoolers will find their story, here in a young readers' edition of Shetterly's 2016 adult book (the basis of a current movie), engaging and inspirational.
Horn Book
The talented black women working at NASA's Langley facility in the mid-twentieth century started as mathematics "human computers," but persisted through racism and sexism to make significant contributions as engineers, analysts, and programmers. Shetterly's outstanding young readers' edition of her similarly titled adult book highlights the intersecting worlds of educated, middle-class southern African Americans and Cold War space program scientists. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5--Scary Stories 3 is here! And it was worth the wait. Schwartz has once again created a crowd pleaser with these 25 short stories that include everything from confronting death to jump tales. There are six major categories of gore with one to eight concise tales in each to delight horror lovers. The selections are straightforward and to the point, allowing readers to put their imaginative skills to full use. The book is well paced and continually captivates, surprises, and entices audiences into reading just one more page. Gammell's gauzy, cobwebby, black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings help to sustain the overall creepy mood. To complete the picture, source notes explain the origins of each story; a comprehensive bibliography includes materials for adults and children. This will be a well-used addition to all collections. Children who have read and reread and reread Schwartz's other books will appreciate this new offering. Teachers will use it in their classrooms as a read-aloud. Storytellers will make these tales part of their repertoires. Definitely a first-purchase consideration. --Molly Kinney, formerly at Miami Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-218) and index.
Word Count: 34,791
Reading Level: 8.2
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 8.2 / points: 6.0 / quiz: 187011 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:10.6 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q70166
Lexile: 1120L

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.


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