Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Life on a Mission

For Ages: 8 - 12
Sally Ride was more than the first woman in space—she was a real-life explorer and adventurer whose life story is a true inspiration for all those who dream big.

Most people know Sally Ride as the first American female astronaut to travel in space. But in her lifetime she was also a nationally ranked tennis player, a physicist who enjoyed reading Shakespeare, a university professor, the founder of a company that helped inspire girls and young women to pursue careers in science and math, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

From Sally Ride’s youth to her many groundbreaking achievements in space and beyond, Sue Macy’s riveting biography tells the story of not only a pioneering astronaut, but a leader and explorer whose life, as President Barack Obama said, “demonstrates that the sky is no limit for those who dream of reaching for the stars.”
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442488540 | 
  • September 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Sally Ride CHAPTER 1 GROWING UP
ON THE DAY THAT SALLY Kristen ride was born, one of the most popular magazines in the United States featured a short story titled, “Smart Girls Are Helpless.” It was May 26, 1951, less than six years after the end of  World War II, and the roles of women had undergone several shifts over the previous decade. During the war, the government had depended on women to keep America strong by taking jobs in factories, at shipyards, and in the newly formed all-female branches of... see more

About the Author

Sue Macy

Sue Macy is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, among them the award-winning Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom; Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map; and Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly. A former editor at Scholastic, she lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

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