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Blast Off!: How Mary Sherman Morgan Fueled America into Space



by
Suzanne Slade
illustrated by
Sally Wern Comport

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Astra House Publishing
Imprint
Calkins Creek
ISBN
9781684372416
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Discrimination: Sexism
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The inspirational story of Mary Sherman, the world’s first female rocket scientist, who overcame gender barriers and many failures to succeed.

Growing up in the 1920s on a dirt-poor farm in North Dakota, Mary Sherman’s life was filled with chores—until she finally began school and discovered she loved to learn.

Mary excelled at science, especially chemistry, and leaped at the chance to work in a laboratory during World War II designing rocket fuels. And when the US decided to enter the space race, Mary was chosen over her male colleagues to create the fuel to launch a rocket carrying America’s first satellite.

With courage and perseverance, Mary’s hard work and calculations paid off, opening up a brand-new frontier for exploration. This STEM biography of an unsung and courageous woman in science will inspire and motivate young readers.

“Dates and details.” “More About Mary.” Information about Explorer I and the Juno I rocket. Archival photographs. Selected
bibliography. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in a hybrid of collage, digital collage, prisma drawings on vellum, and digital paint. 

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Discrimination: Sexism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

10" x 11 1/2"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

690L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2022

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography, Picture Book, Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Mary Sherman Morgan (1921–2004). Rocketry. US women scientists. Chemistry. World War II (1939–1945). Space Race (1955–1975). Twentieth-century US history. 

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