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SPACEMAN (Adapted for Young Readers)

The True Story of a Young Boy's Journey to Becoming an Astronaut

Mike Massimino
Penguin Random House, 2020


An astronaut who completed spacewalks on two Hubble missions tells his inspiring story in this middle grade adaptation of the bestselling adult memoir, Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

From the time he was seven-years-old and saw Apollo 11 land on the moon, Mike Massimino dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Long Island is a long way from space. Kids like him, growing up in working-class families, seldom left the neighborhood. But with the encouragement of teachers and mentors, Mike ventured down on a path that took him to Columbia University and to MIT. It wasn't easy. There were academic setbacks and disappointments aplenty--and NASA turned him down three times. Still, Mike never gave up. He rose to each challenge and forged ahead, inching closer to realizing his boyhood dream. His love of science and space, along with his indomitable spirit and sense of teamwork eventually got him assigned to two missions to fix the Hubble Space Telescope--as a spacewalker. 

Spaceman takes readers on Mike's unlikely ride from Earth to space, showing the breathtaking wonder of science and technology along the way.

"Mike Massimino is a spaceman through and through. In this edition for young people, he tells us how hard work can take you out of this world. He believes in teamwork, and he never gives up. Prepare to be inspired." --BILL NYE, SCIENCE GUY and CEO, THE PLANETARY SOCIETY

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Follow The Drinking Gourd
by Wim Coleman and
Pat Perrin
Red Chair Press, 2014

Slavery in the United States became illegal in the 1860s. Before that, many slaves found their way north by following the Big Dipper, or the Drinking Gourd as they called it. Our story begins in 1880 with Old Ellie and Old Sam, two escaped slaves who share their brave story along the path to freedom called the Underground Railroad. 

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The Four Blind Men
by Vikram Gulaty
National Geographic Learning, 2013

Four blind men are walking though the jungle. Suddenly, they hear a strange sound. What is in the forest with them? Each man guesses something different. Who is right?

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Two Years' Vacation
by Jules Verne 
retold by Karl Nordvall
Compass Publishing, 2012

A group of boys from Charman School have been lost at sea and land on an island to await  their rescue. For two years they fend for themselves until the arrival of strangers (and criminals) on the island. 

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Little Red Riding Hood

Publications International, 2010

Record a book in your own voice and create a keepsake gift, Featuring full color illustrations in a sturdy board book format.

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Ballots for Belva

by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Abrams Books


•Named to the 2009 Amelia Bloomer List

•Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award 2008

n 1884, when men were the only people allowed to vote in national elections, Belva Lockwood took a bold but legal step: She ran for president! Though her campaign was difficult, Belva never wavered in her commitment to equality, earning the respect of many fellow citizens. A little-known but richly deserving American historical figure, Belva is an inspiration for modern-day readers.

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by Sunita Apte

Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 2009

Join Ella and her pioneering family as they travel across buffalo country in search of a new home in this Historical Fiction Leveled Reader Book. Like many other families of the time, they endure both the challenges of life on the move and the happy surprises along the way.​

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