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Reaching for the Moon : the autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library J 921 JOH (Text) 33500013095633 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 921 JOH (Text) 33500013095625 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781534440838
  • ISBN: 1534440836
  • ISBN: 9781534440845
  • ISBN: 1534440844
  • Physical Description: 1 volume : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, [2019]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11."-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.
Grades 4 to 6.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 June #1
    Johnson, the groundbreaking NASA mathematician who was featured in the book and movie Hidden Figures, tells her own story in this middle-grade autobiography. The book, featuring many photos, spans from her childhood through the 1969 moon landing, with follow-up on her family members from that point forward. Johnson contextualizes her journey with information about Jim Crow laws, the education and training of African American teachers, and segregated schooling. Her loose narrative style feels conversational, which will draw in readers, and an interesting afterword compares the movie Hidden Figures to her actual experience. While filled with fascinating tidbits about space research and featuring a time line of space travel, much of the book focuses on Johnson's family life—there could have been even more emphasis on her life inside NASA—interpersonal dynamics, intricacies of research, and challenges faced—as readers will also seek that detail. Johnson has had a tremendous life, and with her recent pop-culture representation, as well as the overall popularity of STEM, kids will be excited to learn more about her journey. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Johnson, Katherine G. > Juvenile literature.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration > Officials and employees > Juvenile literature.
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
African American women mathematicians > Biography > Juvenile literature.
African American women > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women mathematicians > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Johnson, Katherine G.
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
African American women.
African American women mathematicians.
Women mathematicians.
Genre: Biography.
Juvenile works.

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