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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
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Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2019), 256 pages
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This is the autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson. The book tells about the challenges that she faced as an African American and a woman. She was a genius, graduating from college at the age of 18. Still, mathematics was viewed as a subject for men. Johnson earned her place in a secret government project called NACA, which later became NASA. As part of the NASA team, Johnson played a very important role in calculating trajectories. She overcame prejudice and proved herself highly capable and very talented.
This book is a good addition to any classroom library. It is inspirational to anyone who feels that they may not be able to achieve a goal due to society's roadblocks. It also is very encouraging for those who find interest in subjects that they don't necessarily feel they fit into. ( )
  KristenJD | Apr 6, 2020 |
This book is an autobiography of Katherine Johnson who tells how her life was beginning in 1918 to the present. Her dream job was to become a research mathematician which she was able to accomplish working with NASA. She tells what it was like living in 1918 when the civil rights movement was happening as well as her experiences being an African American woman pioneer. I highly recommend this book because it doesn't just add to the math aspect but also to the history aspect of education. ( )
  Vziderich | Apr 5, 2020 |
The much celebrated African-American mathematician writes her autobiography for young readers, quite fitting as tutoring kids and helping them understand math has been important and satisfying during her life. Katherine writes about being 4 years old and helping her older brother with his math homework. Despite the obstacles facing blacks during her youth, her parents were determined that their four children would go to college. Their sacrifices ensured that they all did. A unique #ownvoices story that incorporates STEM, history and inspiration and brings a once-hidden figure to life. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Mar 16, 2020 |
This is an important book because it captures a time and a place that is, thankfully, gone. I think it's important for people to understand what it was like for people going up under Jim Crow, especially those people who were able to find success, despite the restrictions placed on them. ( )
  TheLoisLevel | Oct 21, 2019 |
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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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