Almost astronauts : 13 women who dared to dream / Tanya Lee Stone ; [foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp].Material type: TextPublisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009Edition: 1st edDescription: 133 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cmISBN: 9780763636111; 0763636118; 9780763645021 (pbk.); 0763645028 (pbk.); 9780329700805 (bound); 0329700804 (bound)Subject(s): Women astronauts -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Women astronauts -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Sex discrimination against women -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Project Mercury (U.S.) -- History -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 629.450092/273 LOC classification: TL789.85.A1 | S79 2009
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"The true story of the "Mercury 13" women"--Cover.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
T minus thirty-eight years -- I jumped at the offer -- Not a meaningful test! -- Mommy's going to the moon! -- Too good to be true -- Regret to advise -- Let's stop this now! -- Jerrie Cobb isn't running this program. I am! -- The men go off and fight the wars and fly the airplanes -- NASA never had any intention of putting those women in space -- We want to see a woman driving the bus, not sitting in the back -- I am living proof that dreams do come true.
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.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2010.
Orbis Pictus Honor, 2010.
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2010.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 2010.
Reviews provided by Syndetics
School Library Journal ReviewGr 5-7-Tanya Lee Stone's exceptional story (Candlewick, 2009) explores the little known experiences of 13 brave, inspiring women who dreamed of becoming astronauts in the very early days of NASA's training program and submitted themselves to many of the tests undertaken by their male counterparts, the Mercury 7. As much a commentary on the gender prejudices of the 1960s as a biography, Stone brings together a variety of primary and secondary sources, including her interviews with some of the women involved, to provide a unique view of the challenges faced by the female pilots of the day. The focus on Jerrie Cobb, a leader among the group, who completed all of the tests that the male astronauts underwent, may leave some listeners wishing for more information on the other 12 women who dared to dream. Nevertheless, the eye-opening details presented here with such passion will inspire many students. Throughout the audio presentation, Susan Ericksen perfectly captures the exuberant personal tone of the author, maintaining an appropriately upbeat, enthusiastic tempo. Listeners will be engrossed and inspired.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Tanya Lee Stone studied English at Oberlin College and was an editor of children's nonfiction for many years. She also has a Masters Degree. She teaches writing at Champlain College. After many years as an editor. Tanya moved to Vermont and returned to writing. This award-winning author has written titles that include the young adult novel, A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, Up Close: Ella Fitzgerald , picture books Elizabeth Leads the Way, Sandy's Circus, and Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? She has also written narrative nonfiction with her titles: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream, and The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie. In 2014 her title, Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, made The New York Times Best Seller List.
(Bowker Author Biography)