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Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space

by Margot Lee Shetterly

Young Readers' EditionNow in a special new edition perfect for young listeners, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major...

Young Readers' Edition

Now in a special new edition perfect for young listeners, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.

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 audiobook brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women 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.

Suggested by Cindy

Paperback - 240 pages - in English - $7.99
ISBN: 0062662376 (ISBN13: 9780062662378)
Published Nov 29, 2016 by HarperCollins
First published 2016

why I requested this book

My students voted to read this book as our next class book. They are outraged by the inequalities embedded within the United States' past, and are eager to...

My students voted to read this book as our next class book. They are outraged by the inequalities embedded within the United States' past, and are eager to read about this story of overcoming the odds to accomplish remarkable achievements.

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My students are a lively, motivated group of learners who make teaching fun. Many of them are bilingual learners, eager to build their knowledge in both...

My students are a lively, motivated group of learners who make teaching fun. Many of them are bilingual learners, eager to build their knowledge in both languages, English and Spanish.
They have been studying the U.S. Constitution in detail this year. They have had a particular interest in how the Civil Rights Movement developed, inspired by learning about some of the Amendments to the Constitution. They also have an interest in science, so the topic of the Space Race during the Civil Rights Era is very fitting as our next unit.

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