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Hidden figures : the true story of four Black women and the space race

Shetterly, Margot Lee, author.
Hidden figures : the true story of four Black women and the space race / by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling ; illustrated by Laura Freeman.
First edition.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018] ©2018
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Other contributors
Conkling, Winifred, author. Freeman, Laura (Illustrator), illustrator. Adaptation of (expression): Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden figures.
Portion of title
True story of four Black women and the space race
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ). Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were all good at math. Really good. And it was their understanding of numbers that helped them do what seemed impossible. They were women, and they were African-American, and they lived during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were hardworking and persistent and, most important, smart. And that's why NASA hired them to do the math that would one day send the United States into space for the very first time. New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring to life the inspiring story of the struggles of these four "hidden figures" and what they overcame to succeed. The math work they did would change not only their own lives, but the face of air and space travel forever. -- From dust jacket.
Target audience
Ages 4-8. 980L Lexile
Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 2019
Subject headings
Vaughan, Dorothy, 1910-2008--Juvenile literature. Jackson, Mary, 1921-2005--Juvenile literature. Johnson, Katherine G.--Juvenile literature Darden, Christine M.--Juvenile literature United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Officials and employees--Juvenile literature. Women mathematicians--United States--Biography--Juvenile literature. African American women--Biography--Juvenile literature. African American mathematicians--Biography--Juvenile literature. Space race--Juvenile literature.
Genre heading
Picture books for children. Children's picture books. Picture books. Biographies. Biography. Juvenile works. Biographies. Picture books. Biographies. Juvenile literature.
9780062742469 (hardcover) 0062742469 (hardcover)


East Library - Richmond
Call Number
QA27.5 .S548 2018
Special Collections
For Family READ program
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