Candlewick Press | 2009 | 10 and up
ABOUT THE BOOK:
13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp, Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
In 1961, thirteen women were tested to see if women were equally qualified to be astronauts as men. You probably don't know their story. There's a reason for that.
Nearly two decades before Sally Ride--there was Jerrie Cobb. Have you ever heard of her? Did you know there were extraordinary women ready and able to be astronauts at the very same time John Glenn and Scott Carpenter were making history? Yet they were turned away. No women allowed.
Jerrie Cobb was one of the top female pilots in the country and completed all the astronaut testing the Mercury 7 men did. She excelled at all the tests. Proved she had the Right Stuff. Twelve other female pilots followed her, passing the tests they took with flying colors. But when push came to shove, the answer was No. There was no room for women in the space program.
But these brave women weren't the kind to give up. They took it to Congress. There was a Congressional hearing. There were heavy hitters who testified against them. This is a story that took me to airfields, to the military...and to the women themselves.
You won't believe what Jerrie Cobb told me Lyndon B. Johnson said to her in his office one fateful day. Get ready to be amazed by their story...
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FREE BONUS MATERIAL--a tribute to the women by the author.
AWARDS & REVIEWS:
Robert F. Sibert Medal
Bank Street's Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
ALA/YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor
Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor
State Award Lists: Arizona, California, New Mexico
More Awards/Honors: An Outstanding Science Trade Book, CCBC Choices 2010, Kirkus Best YA Books, Notable Social Studies Trade Book, Horn Book Fanfare, Amelia Bloomer List, IRA Teacher's Choice, Richie's Picks, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Smithsonian Magazine Best Books of 2009, ALA Notable, Horn Book Summer Reading List, American Association for the Advancement of Science Summer Reading List, and Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA)!
Starred Review, Kirkus: "fascinating, dramatic story...the author offers great insight into how deeply ingrained sexism was in American society...this empowering, impassioned story will leave readers inspired."
Natural History Magazine: "a much truer portrait of an era than the many self-congratulatory celebrations of the Moon landing published this year."
Nancy Pearl: "This is a stirring, and ultimately sad, story of hopes dashed and talent wasted. But in the end, I suppose, it's more helpful to view Cob, Hart, and the others as setting the stage for all the women who came after them."
Roundtable Review for Kids: "fascinating book...most adults will also find this a riveting story...will inspire girls of all ages."
Examiner: "an inspiring must-buy...engaging, fascinating, heart-wrenching, and thrilling"