A Computer Called Katherine

How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (0.22 hours)
Product Number: Z100156366
Released: Nov 19, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781549156298
Narrator/s: Jeanette Illidge
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon! Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others--as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses--as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon! Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA "computer" in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.

Professional reviews

"Jeanette Illidge exudes confidence and pride as she narrates the early life of Katherine Johnson. A pioneering African-American mathematician who entered college at age 15, Katherine recognized the inequality of educational opportunities for women of color. As part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, she out-calculated the computers while preparing for both Alan Shepard's and John Glenn's space flights. Illidge is upbeat sharing anecdotes both light--the joy of counting ANYTHING--and somber--exclusion from an all-white high school and the meetings of fellow mathematicians. Illidge's steady pacing mirrors Katherine's own determination to be the best at what she does. Illidge underscores Katherine's belief in women's equality and the power of asking questions. A.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"