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Reaching for the Moon
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Katherine Johnson (1918-2020) was a former NASA mathematician whose work was critical to the success of many of their initiatives, including the Apollo program and the start of the Space Shuttle program. Throughout her long career she received numerous awards, including the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Barack Obama.

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* "Johnson artfully weaves in the heart of how African American communities have survived and advanced-through "self-help and sacrificing" for the next generation. Her writing style is comfortable and conversational, like a visit over tea that you wish would never end. From a long-lived American legend, this rich volume is a national treasure." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Johnson's story is captivating, informative, and inspiring. She neatly and accurately weaves in significant historical events that had profound effects on our country and the African American community, including the murder of Emmett Till, lunch counter sit-ins, and school integration. Larger ideas such as white supremacy are broken down with ease for younger readers. . . . Johnson's story is easy to follow and hard to put down. Highly recommended for purchase in any school library." -- School Library Journal, starred review
"[Johnson's] loose narrative style feels conversational, which will draw in readers, and an interesting afterword compares the movie Hidden Figures to her actual experience. . . . Kids will be excited to learn more about her journey." -- Booklist
"Alternately warmly personal and coolly observant, Johnson is always clear in her explanations. Black-and-white photos illustrate this highly accessible memoir by a groundbreaking woman." -- Publishers Weekly
"In this most authentic, highly personal account, Katherine writes her own story at the age of 100! . . . Katherine's intelligent, softly confident voice helps readers get to know her personally. Johnson makes her own story available for tweens, hoping to inspire the next generation to always do their best." -- School Library Connection
"Johnson's writing is clear, warm, and candid, and she smoothly weaves in details about Plessy v. Ferguson, the Ku Klux Klan, Emmett Till, etc., to give context for her-and her family's-personal experiences with segregation and racism. Humble and inspiring." -- The Horn Book

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