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- Bull's-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley
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Life on a Mission
Getting to know America’s first woman in space, who was also one of the most celebrated female icons of the 20th century.
Published by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2014 • 152 pages • Ages 8 to 12
Sally Ride was an athlete, a scientist, a teacher, a writer, and most of all, an astronaut. On a warm, sunny morning in June 1983, Sally made history when she and four male astronauts blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger. After more than two decades of watching heroic men journey skyward, Americans finally saw a woman join their ranks.
Although I never met her, Sally Ride was an important person in my life, a touchstone for the unlimited possibilities for women of my generation and beyond. Perhaps that’s why I was so moved when I learned of her death. It was July 23, 2012, and I was on vacation, away from my daily New York Times and my constantly humming computer. I happened to plug in my laptop to connect to the real world for a few minutes, and there, on the front page of The Huffington Post, was the sad news.
A few months later, when an editor friend at Aladdin asked if I’d be interested in writing a biography of Sally, I jumped at the chance. I wanted to understand more about this strong, unassuming pioneer. As I researched her life, I saw some similarities with mine. Both of us were tomboys who loved sports. Both of us took piano lessons, and hated them (though today I wish I had not given up on the instrument quite so quickly). Those similarities helped me understand where Sally was coming from, and made me marvel all the more at where she ended up.
Sally Ride tells the story of an American girl, born in the 1950s, who grew up to do extraordinary things. It was a pleasure to get to know her.
What the Critics Said
“Drawing from a broad selection of books, periodicals, and interviews, Macy (Wheels of Change) fuses a biography of the first American woman in space with a chronicle of NASA’s space shuttle program during Ride’s career…Photos of and quotations from Ride (who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012) and from those who knew her help bring her personality into sharp focus.” —Publishers Weekly, July 21, 2014
“Macy’s comprehensive, admiring biography offers details and perspective about Ride’s groundbreaking career and contributions….The text will help readers put her public achievements and contributions and her quiet personal life into perspective.” —School Library Journal, August 2014