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To fly among the stars : the hidden story of the fight for women astronauts / Rebecca Siegel.

Siegel, Rebecca, (author.).

Available copies

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

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J 629.45 SIE (Text) 33500013213384 New Available -
Fertile Public Library J 629.45 SIE (Text) 33500013213376 New Checked out 05/05/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781338290158
  • ISBN: 1338290150
  • Physical Description: x, 340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Focus, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references (pages [287]-301) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface: February 20, 1960 -- Flight dreams -- The sky belonged to men -- Lightning fast and always lovely -- The jet age -- "A man's work" -- The test pilot years -- Setting records, Sputnik and the start of the space race -- Astronaut testing and selection -- Female, unit 1: Testing begins -- Dedication -- Going public -- Money, monkeys and men -- Testing more women -- Corvettes and parties -- Women in the 1960s? -- A test pilot questioned -- Phase III testing and a telegram -- Race to the finish -- The fight goes to Washington -- Of course, no women -- After Mercury -- Picking up the pieces -- Epilogue: The ultimate glass ceiling.
Summary, etc.:
"This narrative nonfiction work recounts the early years of air and space exploration and the daring exploits of America's first astronauts--both the men and women who were called upon to train."-- Provided by publisher.
"In the 1960s, locked in a heated race to launch the first human into space, the United States selected seven superstar test pilots and former military air fighters to NASA's astronaut class -- the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of becoming America's first space heroes. But a group of 13 women -- accomplished air racers, test pilots, and flight instructors -- were enduring those same astronaut tests in secret, hoping to defy social norms and earn a spot among the stars. With thrilling stories of aviation feats, frustrating tales of the fight against sexism, and historical photos, To Fly Among the Stars recounts an incredible era of US innovation, and the audacious hope of the women who took their fight for space flight all the way to Washington, DC."--Amazon.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    *Starred Review* While tracing the history of NASA's space program from the first seven astronauts through the end of their Mercury missions in 1963, this engaging work introduces another group of exceptional American pilots—all women—who wanted to become astronauts as well. When a brigadier general and the doctor who designed many of the grueling physical tests for potential astronauts started an independent research program to measure how women would handle those same challenges, they found many pilots willing to volunteer. NASA's original astronauts were known as the Mercury 7. These women, called the Mercury 13, were never seriously considered by NASA because of their sex. Russia's Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space in 1963, and the first American woman didn't follow until 1983. Siegel's well-researched book presents a great deal of relevant information in an organized and very readable fashion, telling two parallel stories. The chapters on the Mercury 7 portray the astronauts more realistically than most books for young people. Individually moving, the collective accounts of the Mercury 13 women offer an eye-opening view of pervasive gender prejudice and its costs. Illustrated with period photos, this riveting chronicle of the early years of manned space flight also presents captivating stories of women left behind. Grades 6-9. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Rebecca Siegel is a children's author and editor who lives outside Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit

Subject: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration > History > Juvenile literature.
Space race > History > Juvenile literature.
Astronauts > Training of > United States > Juvenile literature.
Astronautics > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Women in astronautics > History > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Informational works.
Creative nonfiction.

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