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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

By Stephanie Dunnewind, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Women pilots fight for a chance to go to the moon.

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Stone offers a great mix of intimate details in this intriguing book about women in the space program. Included are descriptions of space tests (including a daunting description of an isolation chamber), telling facts about women pilots' lives (one mom of eight stocked her refrigerator with three carts of food before leaving her family), and appalling examples of social and political discrimination.

She explains the historical context for young readers who won't otherwise understand why it was such a big deal that women wanted to go into space. As Stone notes, for women to prove they could equal the nation's space heroes -- the guys with the "Right Stuff" -- "they would have to show not only that they were as tough or tougher, but that they could do it with a smile, never stepping out of the role of the polite, cooperative lady."

Book Details

  • Author: Tanya Lee Stone
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: February 24, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 17
  • Number of pages: 134
  • Available on: Paperback, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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