Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing

By: Dean Robbins

Illustrator: Lucy Kinsley

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl.Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! Author's note. Bibliography. Additional reading. Black-and-white photographs of Margaret Hamilton. Full-color illustrations done in ink and colored in Photoshop.

ISBN: 9780399551864

JLG Release: Sep 2017


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Topics: Margaret Heafield Hamilton (1936– ) , Project Apollo , US history , Computer software developers , Biography , Computer programmers , Women scientists , Scientists , Moon , NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) , Lunar landings

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Awards & Honors

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Sudents K–12: 2018
Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, Ages 4 to 8

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When Margaret Hamilton was a child, her father encouraged her interest in space. She loved sports, reading, art, and music, but she especially enjoyed mathematics. Working with computers, Hamilton was able to combine her interests by teaching herself to write code and program computers. In 1964, she went to work for NASA and became the director of When Margaret Hamilton was a child, her father encouraged her interest in space. She loved sports, reading, art, and music, but she especially enjoyed mathematics. Working with computers, Hamilton was able to combine her interests by teaching herself to write code and program computers. In 1964, she went to work for NASA and became the director of Software Programming for Project Apollo. Cartoon-style illustrations add a sense of levity to the work, making Hamilton’s complex jobs accessible and appealing to a young audience. The narrative builds to an emotional climax when Apollo 11’s lunar module, the Eagle, runs into problems minutes before the scheduled landing. Faced with a potentially disastrous computer overload, Hamilton’s code corrected the malfunction, and the module touched down safely. The author was able to interview Hamilton, and an informative note explains more about her life and career. VERDICT Entertaining and illuminating, this book has many curricular connections, including space travel, women’s history, inventions, and coding.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

Book Details

ISBN

9780399551864

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

629.45/4092 B

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.5; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level 630L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Margaret Heafield Hamilton (1936– ), Project Apollo, US history, Computer software developers, Biography, Computer programmers, Women scientists, Scientists, Moon, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Lunar landings,

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