Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday - Taking Off

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Taking Off by Jenny Moss
Publisher: Walker Books (Bloomsbury)
Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Summary from publisher's websiteReimagining the days surrounding this unforgettable event in history, readers are brought back to 1986 as the astronauts prepare for the Challenger mission, and Christa McAullife trains to be the first teacher in space. When a teen named Annie meets Christa, she is fascinated by Christa's courage. Truly inspired, Annie is determined to make it to Florida to see the Challenger launch, a trip that will forever change how she thinks about herself and her secret desire for her own future. Although she is devastated when tragedy strikes, Annie honors Christa by following her own dream, despite the obstacles. Bringing in her experience as a NASA engineer, Jenny Moss weaves a moving story that recaptures the inspiration teens must have felt years ago as they watched Christa McAuliffe reach for the sky.

I can remember very clearly where I was when the Challenger was launched: sitting in Mrs. Spina's second grade classroom.  The whole school had been allowed to watch the launch because the principal wanted us to witness Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space.  We were all so excited about being able to watch TV in school and then confused and sad about what had happened.  Christa McAuliffe's biography was always a favorite whenever we were learning about space in science class or doing a unit on biographies in English.

I'm very excited to read Taking Off.  It will be interesting to read about this event from the perspective of a teen and compare it to my own memories.  Plus Jenny Moss is a former NASA engineer so there will be lots of details and nuances in the story that only some who worked for NASA could provide. 

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What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


  1. Wow, it sounds like it's going to be a good one. An emotional one too! I'm adding it to my list. =)

  2. Oh, I like stories based on true events, and this one was definitely memorable!

    Here's mine:

  3. This sounds like a really interesting book and one to keep an eye out for. I hope you enjoy it when it's released.

    Come see my WOW for this week

  4. oh my gosh, this sounds so amazing. thank you so much for sharing, i'm adding it to my list

  5. Ooh, I haven't heard of this book as well. The cover is supre cute, but definitely doesn't do the intensity in the plot justice. Can't wait for it - thanks for sharing!

    Here's what I'm waiting for this week :)

  6. Ooh, this sounds like an awesome book. Great pick!

  7. Wow, this looks so pretty and sounds pretty good!

  8. Hello, I am brand new to the book blog-o-sphere. It is a great place here.

    That is a great choice for a book. I really like how we cannot see her face. I like to keep my own image in my head.

    Mad Scientist


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