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Taking Off by Jenny Moss
Publisher: Walker Books (Bloomsbury)
Publication Date: January 4, 2011
Summary from publisher's website: Reimagining 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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Jenny Moss's website: http://www.jenny-moss.com/index.html
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?