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Counting on Katherine

How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

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You've likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 moon landing. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe.

From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the story of a groundbreaking American woman who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

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"Becker emphasizes Katherine’s tenacity, competence, creativity, and intellectual curiosity as she gains the trust of the astronauts whose safety and success depended on the work of the human computers. Phumiruk’s stylistically varied, colorful illustrations feature mathematical computations and notes in the backgrounds, emphasizing Katherine’s passion for numbers.... An excellent biography that will inspire young readers, especially girls, to do what they love." — Kirkus Reviews

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Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Helaine Becker
Illustrator Dow Phumiruk
ISBN 1250137527
Publication Date Jun 19, 2018
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Language English