by Katherine Johnson - £7.99 Simon & Schuster (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781534440845 | ISBN 10: 1534440844
An 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.
Recommended for readers aged 10+
(Price & availability last checked: November 2020)
Featured book: New Books for Older Children,
In booklists: Women's History and Biography: Books for Children, Black and Asian Lives: Books for Children and Young Adults, Empowering Black & Asian Girls and Young Women, Science and Mathematics - Books for Children, In categories: Feminism & Women, Childrens & Teenage Books, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, Environment & Animal Rights,