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Publisher's Summary

The uplifting, amazing true story — a New York Times best seller!

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young students. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. 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.

This middle grade nonfiction book is an excellent choice for tween children in grades 4 to 6, in the classroom or for homeschooling. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Margot Lee Shetterly (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wow!!! Great story.

I really enjoyed the book. My only disappointment was that the story has only come out recently. But all in all it's a great book. Can't wait to see the movie. Thanks Audible.

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Excellent for everyone to read

This is an excellent book for everyone to read. It talks about struggles, accomplishments, segregation and overall overcoming it all.
This a great read for people that struggles with what want they want to be and do in life.

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I had higher expectations

My 10 year old and I listened to this together, so this is our combined opinion. It was good but a little monotonous, both in story and voice. It was still very interesting and eye opening to learn about the history.

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This book is really good

This book is really good i recommend it to young readers the reading was fluent

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My students LOVED this book!

I am a 6th grade Science teacher. I used this book/ audible in my class for two weeks as I was starting my unit on Investigating Space. Scholars loved the connections with the book as we were learning about NASA and historical events in space.

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So Much Better!

This book was so much more detailing. The movie was truly condensed and not quite the true story...however, given the time periods and technology it only makes sense. Read this book and forget the movie! I’m just saying...
The story line was very detailed and considering the history...NACA versus the inception of NASA the contrast between the book and movie are somewhat contrasting.

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Movie is cute, but read the book!

Our house rule is to read the book before seeing the movie. When we listened to these women's stories we were impressed and amazed. The movie was a cute representation, but the book just intensifies the details. Highly recommend getting the"real" story!

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It's a great book!

I honestly found it to be boring in multiple parts, but maybe having this as a summer assignment for school has something to do with that. I still liked the story and thought it was great to find out more things about the struggles of African American citizens back in WWII. I wouldn't exactly recommend this to another person, but I wouldn't bash or hate on the writing and style. Overall, the book may be great and helpful for students but it wasn't exciting to read about and didn't always have my full attention whilst reading (unlike most books I read).

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good book


it helped me read it faster and the ladys voice was very calming and nice

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Meaningful

This is a very meaningful story that gives a very powerful message to readers of all ages. It gave a very powerful message about racial discrimination and hope for the future.

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