A nonfiction graphic novel for middle grade readers about notable female astronauts.
America may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. Meanwhile, in the United States, NASA’s first female astronauts were racing toward milestones of their own. These trail-blazing women were admitted into Group 9, NASA’s first mixed-gender class. They had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space. But once they’d been admitted into the training program, they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for all humans.
In Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier, Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Maris Wicks capture the great humor and incredible drive of Mary Cleve, Valentina Tereshkova, and the first women in space.
<b>Jim Ottaviani</b> (<i>Feynman</i>, <i>Primates</i>) is the world’s preeminent writer of comics and graphic novels about science. Notable works include a biography of Niels Bohr and the fast-paced tale of the desperate lives of early paleontologists and <i>T-Minus: The Race to the Moon</i>. He has worked as a nuclear engineer and is currently employed as a reference librarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Maris Wicks lives in sunny Somerville, Massachusetts. She is the author behind <i>Human Body Theater</i>, as well as the illustrator of New York Times Bestselling <i>Primates</i>, with Jim Ottaviani. Wicks has also created comics for Spongebob Comics, DC and Marvel. When Maris is not drawing comics, she can be found prepping slides for her collection of vintage microscopes.