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Sally Ride was more than the first woman in space—she was a real-life explorer and adventurer whose life story is a true inspiration for all those who dream big.

Most people know Sally Ride as the first American female astronaut to travel in space. But in her lifetime she was also a nationally ranked tennis player, a physicist who enjoyed reading Shakespeare, a university professor, and the founder of a company that helped inspire girls and young women to pursue careers in science and math. Posthumously, she was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

From Sally Ride’s youth to her many groundbreaking achievements in space and beyond, Sue Macy’s riveting biography tells the story of not only a pioneering astronaut, but a leader and explorer whose life, as President Barack Obama said, “demonstrates that the sky is no limit for those who dream of reaching for the stars.”

About The Author

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Sue Macy is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber, which was on the Amelia Bloomer List and named a CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book, among many other accolades. Sue is also the author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom and Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map. A former editor at Scholastic, she lives in Englewood, New Jersey. Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin (September 9, 2014)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442488564
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 1170L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

Macy’s comprehensive, admiring biography offers detail and perspective about Ride’s groundbreaking career and contributions.

– School Library Journal

A fast-moving, straightforward and up-to-date biography of the first American woman astronaut.

– Kirkus

Awards and Honors

  • CBC/NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
  • Amelia Bloomer List
  • MSTA Reading Circle List

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