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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tanya Lee Stone Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781441890566
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Have you ever heard of the “Mercury 13” women? Did you know that nearly twenty years before the first women were let into NASA’s astronaut program, there were others who tried?

What are the requirements for being shot into space, piloting a hunk of metal while carrying the hopes and fears of your nation? Mastery of flying, as well as courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, and fitness—any checklist would certainly include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was an unspoken rule in place: astronauts must be male, and they must be white.

Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved not only that they were as tough as any man but also that they were brave enough to challenge the government. Their passage to space was blocked by prejudice, jealousy, and a note scrawled by one of the most powerful men in Washington. But in the end, their inspiring example empowered young women to take their rightful place in the sky, piloting jets and commanding space capsules. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzette Gee | 1/28/2014

    " This is a young-adult nonficton book about the Mercury 13...women who were tested to be astronauts but barred from the program by NASA. It's a pretty interesting story which might be fun to encourage girls to read...I think I have a neice who wants to be an astronaut. My only complaint is that Stone is very overt about her agenda for women's rights. To me, it seems obvious that these women were discriminated against, but she has to point it out over and over again. I realize the book is for kids, and they might need things pointed out for them, but it seemed annoying. Just let the facts speak for themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/25/2014

    " Almost Astronauts is a long overdue look at women who tried to join the space race but were denied entry. The photographs and primary source material makes this an engaging read. The injustice portrayed is certainly infuriating. The author is at times a bit heavy handed in making her points, but has done a great service in introducing these stories of strong women to children and teen readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace W. | 1/22/2014

    " This book is the story of 13 women who tried to become astronauts in a time when only men were allowed to, and how they paved the way for women in the future. I liked this book, because it was very informative. The author did her research well, and included pictures of documents, letters, etc. to support the things she wrote. There is a good amount of quotes from the women themselves, which really adds to the overall quality of the book. The one downside to the book is that it is a bit long and somewhat repetitive, which might bore some children. I would only recommend it to an older child who enjoys nonfiction books enough not to mind the length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen R | 1/13/2014

    " Loved this book. I thought it was a great story about a little known group of women in our history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 12/24/2013

    " Meh, this was an interesting story, but maybe I was in the mood for an actual plot line. Wonderful women in this book, but there was nothing to hold my interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clickety | 6/9/2013

    " I was turned off by how polemic & preachy this book seemed. The information was interesting, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 12/6/2012

    " One Sentence Review: Debates about intent and message aside, I thought Stone did a stand up job telling a story that few know and fewer still have ever heard, and in an engaging way at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 7/4/2012

    " I'd probably rate this higher if I hadn't read The Mercury 13. I was most annoyed that the best bits and quotes in this book were taken directly from The Mercury 13. Bah. Neat pictures, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/14/2012

    " A must read for all gr 5-adult. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 1/24/2012

    " Excellent. I can't wait to share this book with students. I'm sure they have no idea of the discrimination against women in our recent history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 9/7/2011

    " Great subject. Good information. Pop culture references of the late 90's not really on target, which makes me give 3 instead of 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sahar | 3/9/2011

    " That's the Perfect book!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doreen | 2/23/2011

    " Very interesting story of pioneering women. I learned alot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serene | 12/8/2010

    " This book is about women who follow their dream to become astronauts and pilots. This book is incredibly well written and interesting to look at. There are many pictures that depict what kinds of training the women go through. I would highly recommend this book to any child or adult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/27/2010

    " A moving story about the 13 women who trained and prepared to go into space, paving the way for women everywhere. (Informational) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ma'lis | 11/18/2010

    " Fascinating account of thirteen women who attempted to train for the NASA astronaut program in the early 60's. They did very well on the tests they were allowed to take--but the prejudice against women at the time prevented any real consideration of their being allowed to join the program. "

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About the Author
Author Tanya Lee Stone

Tanya Lee Stone is an award-winning author of books for kids and teens. Stone went to performing arts high school in New Haven, CT and went on to major in English at Oberlin College and study voice at Oberlin Conservatory. After graduation she moved to New York and became an editor. Stone was an editor for more than a dozen years and has a masters degree in science education. She teaches writing for children at Champlain College.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.