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To Fly Among the Stars: A True Story of the Women and Men Who Tested to Become America's First Astronauts

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A searing look at the birth of America's space program, and the men and women aviators who set its course.
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
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Scholastic Focus
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M.L. Little
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange Partner: To Fly Among the Stars by Rebecca Siegel. Releases March 3, 2020 by @scholasticinc. ⭐ This book is many things in one. It is a history of the space race. It is a tale of the first animals in space. But more than anything, it is about the thirteen women, the Mercury 13, who wanted nothing more on earth than to leave itfor a moment in space.
The book is a fascinating look at an unheard of part in history. It develops the women (and the male astronauts, too) into real
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Rebecca Siegel
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author, and I'll be honest with you-- I think It's pretty great.
Sheila Averbuch
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love space but hadn't read a non-fiction piece since the Michael Collins biography Carrying the Fire, which had such cringey bits of sexism in it I tried to forget them. I began paging through To Fly Among the Stars with interest and it quickly absorbed me for an entire weekend. This book! I kept reading aloud passages to my 13 year old daughter and we just stared at each other, dumbstruck at the sexism and narrow-mindedness that deprived these Mercury 13 pilots from their chance in space (and ...more
Jeff
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great review! Very entertaining!!
Ash Otterloo
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Siegel's book on of the untold side of the space race is a brutally honest and thoughtful examination of the determination and hard work of thirteen qualified women who were turned away from participation in the space program due to backward thinking and gender discrimination, and the parallel (contrasting) journeys of the men of Mercury 7.

I read it in one sitting, pulled in by the personal stories and fascinating anecdotes collected by the author, detailing behind-the-scenes training,
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Linda Stephen
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To Fly Among the Stars: A True Story of the Women and Men Who Tested to Become America's First AstronautsTo Fly Among the Stars is an inspiring story for all of us, and best of all, it is true. I recently watched the 1998 Tom Hanks TV series From the Earth to the Moon about the Apollo space program. To Fly Among the Stars provides a similar behind-the-scenes look at both the individual characters and the program for early astronaut testing and training. What we learn from Rebecca SiegelRebecca ...more
Stephanie Bange
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Reviewed from an ARC.

Siegel offers a look into the process used to identify and train early male astronauts in the U.S. space program and expands on the unsuccessful attempt to integrate women into it at that time. She alternates the narrative to focus on the white male astronauts then on the potential white women pilots who dreamed of going up in space, highlighting the differences in treatment, exceptions, standards of the time, and the uncertainty of how to get out in outer space and its
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Kate Waggoner
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to @scholasticinc for sharing an advance copy of To Fly Among the Stars by Rebecca Siegel with the #kidlitexchange network. This book was released March 3, 2020. All opinions are my own.

To Fly Among the Stars offers a new look at the space race between the USA and Russia during the 1960s. The book details how NASA selected their first astronauts and the progress of the US space program during the 1960s. Chapters alternate between the male astronauts' progress and what
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Susan
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the publisher and to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Did you know when the United States chose the seven men for Mercury 7, there were 13 women bravely facing the same grueling tests with the hope of also becoming an astronaut? I certainly didnt!

This NF MG book will enlighten not only students, but anyone fascinated by the history of the 1960s race to the moon. I learned so much about the tests these brave men and women had to endure as
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Elysa
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book does a great job of telling the story of the first astronauts and the women who fought to be included in that list. Siegel tells the story (mostly) in alternating chapters of the all-male Mercury 7 crew and the 13 women who strove to be considered for the astronaut program at the same time. Siegel humanizes everyone in this book; she portrays the men as the men they were rather than the golden American heroes they're usually depicted as, and she shows the women as they were: ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mauerer's Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbable Voyage of Apollo 11 or Sheinkin's Born to Fly, this is a fantastic, well researched overview of the various people involved in the early space program. It is perfect for students who want to do a National History Day project on a slightly different aspect of the space program, since there are so many people mentioned. While it was a fascinating read, it is also somewhat difficult to synopsize, since there
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