Journey to the Stars: Kalpana Chawla, Astronaut

by Laurie Wallmark (Author) Maitreyi Ghosh (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A powerful story of hope about a woman who fought against all odds to become the first Indian American female astronaut.

Kalpana Chawla set her sights on flight from an early age. She was told "no" many times in life: No, girls don't study aerospace. No, women don't become astronauts. No, you won't succeed in the United States. But Kalpana didn't listen--she was too busy forging her own path to the stars. And after a long journey of dedication, perseverance, and patience, she finally made it to space. Her inspiring story is a powerful reminder for girls all over the world to never, ever give up on their dreams.

Based on the true story of the first female Indian American astronaut, Journey to the Stars details the challenges and triumphs of Kalpana Chawla's life up through her first journey into space. Her story is sure to inspire educators and parents interested in encouraging curiosity and a passion for STEM in girls and boys. Backmatter includes an author's note and a timeline of Kalpana's life and awards.

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An important STEM biography that promotes tenacity.

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Beaming Books
Publication date
February 13, 2024
BISAC categories
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
Library of Congress categories
United States
Women astronauts
Space shuttles
Columbia (Spacecraft)
Chawla, Kalpana

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