Synopses & Reviews
The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson — made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures — who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!
Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others — as wrong as 5+5=12. She knew it was wrong that people thought women could only be teachers or nurses — as wrong as 10-5=3. And she proved everyone wrong by zooming ahead of her classmates, starting college at fifteen, and eventually joining NASA, where her calculations helped pioneer America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon!
Award-winning author Suzanne Slade and debut artist Veronica Miller Jamison tell the story of a NASA "computer" in this smartly written, charmingly illustrated biography.
"Slade writes with appealing rhythm and repetition [and] Jamison mixes neatly composed, straightforward action with inventive, swirling images dramatizing Johnson's brilliant calculations." New York Times
"Inspiring, upbeat, and clever." The Horn Book
"Another appealing picture book biography of a successful woman." School Library Journal
About the Author
Suzanne Slade holds a mechanical engineering degree and worked on NASA's Delta IV rockets. Her recent titles include The Inventor's Secret, Friends for Freedom, With Books and Bricks, and Climbing Lincoln's Steps. She lives in Illinois, and she invites you to visit her online at suzanneslade.com.
Veronica Miller Jamison is an illustrator whose clients include Essence Magazine, Bloomingdales, and Hallmark. A Computer Called Katherine is her debut picture book. She is an alumna of Howard University and Drexel University, and she lives outside Philadelphia. She invites you to visit her online at veronicamarche.com.