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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...
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...
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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.

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  • Katherine Johnson is a former NASA mathematician whose work was critical to the success of many of their initiatives, including the Apollo program and the start of the Space Shuttle program. Throughout her long career she has received numerous awards, including the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.

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  • Kirkus

    May 15, 2019
    Much has been written about the black women mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA; now young readers can hear Katherine Johnson's story in her own words. Johnson begins her autobiography with her decision, at the age of 4, to start attending school with her brother so she could help him with his math. Impressed, the teacher opened a kindergarten class, but soon Katherine was skipping entire grades. Her family relocated so that she and her siblings could attend high school and college (beyond seventh grade, there was no school for "colored" youth in their hometown). Johnson graduated college at 18 with degrees in French and mathematics before going on to teach and pursue her now-famous career at NASA, yet she comes across as humble and warm, passing on to her children the refrain her father taught her as inoculation against racism: "You are no better than anyone else, but nobody else is better than you." Johnson describes the culture and way of life in each of the places where she lived and worked, with an honest portrayal of the common racial injustices and indignities alongside the shared humanity that also existed. She 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, making the book feel like a visit over tea that you wish would never end. From a long-lived American legend, this rich volume is a national treasure. (Memoir. 9-adult)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 24, 2019
    African-American research mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Johnson, of Hidden Figures fame, imbues this narrative of the first half of her life with her daily realities in the segregated South. Stressing the importance of self-worth and education to black advancement, Johnson’s parents struggled to ensure that all their children graduated from college. Gifted Johnson did so early, at age 18, and then taught math while embarking on marriage and motherhood. In 1953, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (predecessor of NASA) hired Johnson as a “computer” to perform mathematical calculations for engineers at Langley Aeronautical Laboratory. The impeccable quality of Johnson’s work and the essential questions she asked led to special assignments, including hand-checking the early IBM computers’ calculations for John Glenn’s 1962 orbits of the Earth and work on the trajectory of the Apollo 11 lunar landing module, breaking cultural norms along the way. An epilogue covers the recognition and honors Johnson has received since 1969. 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. Ages 10–up.

  • School Library Journal

    Starred review from July 1, 2019

    Gr 5 Up-From a very young age, Johnson excelled as a student. Despite growing up in a time of extreme racism and sexism, Johnson not only persevered-she flourished. She surpassed her older siblings in grade level, math courses were created for her because she was not challenged enough, and she graduated from West Virginia State at the age of 18 with a degree in mathematics and French. Her first job out of college was as a schoolteacher. She went on to work at and retire from NASA as a mathematician. This autobiography chronicles her personal life, from growing up in a tight-knit family of six to having three children of her own, as well as her professional accomplishments and her career at NASA. 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. VERDICT While the chapters are a little lengthy for the intended audience, Johnson's story is easy to follow and hard to put down. Highly recommended for purchase in any school library.-Melissa Lambert, Trenton Public Schools, MI

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    June 1, 2019
    Grades 4-7 Johnson, the groundbreaking NASA mathematician who was featured in the book and movie Hidden Figures, tells her own story in this middle-grade autobiography. The book, featuring many photos, spans from her childhood through the 1969 moon landing, with follow-up on her family members from that point forward. Johnson contextualizes her journey with information about Jim Crow laws, the education and training of African American teachers, and segregated schooling. Her loose narrative style feels conversational, which will draw in readers, and an interesting afterword compares the movie Hidden Figures to her actual experience. While filled with fascinating tidbits about space research and featuring a time line of space travel, much of the book focuses on Johnson's family life?there could have been even more emphasis on her life inside NASA?interpersonal dynamics, intricacies of research, and challenges faced?as readers will also seek that detail. Johnson has had a tremendous life, and with her recent pop-culture representation, as well as the overall popularity of STEM, kids will be excited to learn more about her journey.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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