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Tanya Lee Stone

Dear Reader:

What if I told you there are 13 women you've probably never heard of who tried to be astronauts in 1961—almost 20 years before women were let into NASA's space program? Would you believe me? Well, it's true. I hadn't heard of them either—until I stumbled across one little sentence. Then I was on a mission to find out everything I could.

I discovered an amazing story of gutsy, record-breaking female fliers who took all the same tests our first male astronauts did to answer one burning question—are women just as qualified as men to be astronauts?

The answer was YES. But NASA said NO. Think that's the end of the story? Not even close. Get the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor ALMOST ASTRONAUTS to find out the whole scoop. But beware—this book contains some beloved American heroes behaving badly.

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Tanya Lee Stone

Almost Astronauts / Tanya Lee Stone / Candlewick Press

Price: $17.99 / ISBN: 978-0763645021 / Published: February, 2009

Ages 10 and up / Paperback / Nonfiction

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