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To Fly Among the Stars

The Hidden Story of the Fight for Women Astronauts

  • AGES 8 - 12 
  • Genre Non-Fiction
In the 1960s, locked in a heated race to launch the first human into space, the United States selected seven superstar test pilots and former military air fighters to NASA's astronaut class — the Mercury 7. The men endured grueling training and constant media attention for the honor of becoming America's first space heroes. But a group of 13 women — accomplished air racers, test pilots, and flight instructors — were enduring those same astronaut tests in secret, hoping to defy social norms and earn a spot among the stars.

With thrilling stories of aviation feats, frustrating tales of the fight against sexism, and historical photos, To Fly Among the Stars recounts an incredible era of US innovation, and the audacious hope of the women who took their fight for space flight all the way to Washington, DC.

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Rebecca Siegel

Rebecca Siegel

Rebecca Siegel is a children's author and editor who lives outside Chicago, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters. For more information, visit rebeccasiegel.org.