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The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

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Critical Praise

“The perfect impetus for discussion on a host of important historical themes germane to the 1950s, such as gender roles, racial prejudice and segregation, and scientific exploration… Middle-schoolers will find their story, here in a young readers’ edition of Shetterly’s 2016 adult book, engaging and inspirational.” —Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062662385
  • ISBN 10: 0062662384
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 11/29/2016
  • Pages: 240
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Mathematics / General
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

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