HIDDEN WOMEN: The African-American Mathematicians of NASA Who Helped America Win The Space Race, by Rebecca Rissman, Capstone Press

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Description

Paperback, 114 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2018, by Capstone Press
ISBN 1515799638 (ISBN13: 9781515799634)
Edition Language English

For Ages: 8-12

Four female African-American mathematicians made it possible to launch US rockets—and astronauts—into space. Hidden Women is the thrilling tale of how each woman contributed, the struggles and resistance each experienced, and the amazing results.

Author Bio:
Rebecca Rissman can usually be found at her laptop, hard at work on a new book for children. She’s written over 100 nonfiction books for young readers about science, math, and history.

MY REVIEW:

Thank you Netgalley and Capstone Press for allowing me an ARC for reading and providing an honest review.

I found this book incredibly well-written with the exception of very small issues that can easily be fixed. These issues did not take away from the informative, fast-read, and the great job Rebecca Rissman did chronicling the lives of four particular African American female mathematicians working for NASA during a time of civil rights unrest, equal rights differences and the cold war.

Due out February 1st, 2018, published by Capstone Press.

The narrative non-fiction work targets middle-grade readers (ages 8 to 12), but this could be a good read for anyone age 8 and older.  I immensely enjoyed reading about these amazing women and their careers from  beginning through changes in society and NASA’s inner structures, to their conclusive accomplishments accumulated to retirement.  The treatment of people because of race and/or color, and sex has always struck me as such a huge waste of time. Imagine what this world could have accomplished without these barricades slowing discoveries down. While I was impressed with all that these intelligent women accomplished, I also felt somewhat saddened that each accomplishment could have been so much more if they had been able to surpass such obstacles as race and inequality, or not have to deal with them at all.

It’s a great book and should be read by everyone. Sited nicely, extra material at the back of the book, questions, etc.

I give this book:

5-Star-Logo-2

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