been overshadowed by their male counterparts. The domestic and the scientific are elegantly rendered--it is an impressive contribution to American history and I was sad to turn the last page."
TaraShea Nesbit, "bestselling author of" The Wives of Los Alamos"""
"These women helped change the course of American history. Nathalia Holt tells their remarkable story with heart and verve."
Martha Ackmann, "author of "The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight"""
""Rise of the Rocket Girls "reveals the fascinating untold story of the heroic women who made America's space program possible. We owe much to these brilliant female pioneers in science-and to Nathalia Holt for reminding us of their extraordinary contributions."
Cate Lineberry, "author of "The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines"""
"An inspiring, beautiful book. Nathalia Holt has a gift for capturing the joys and fears of scientists working at the edge of possibility. By profiling the women who learned to keep American rockets flying true, she paints the dawn of the space age with new and vivid colors." Jason Fagone, "author of "Ingenious: A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America"""
"Nathalia Holt has written a gorgeously exciting book about an overlooked group of American women who deserve to have their story known. Inspiring and elegantly-told, this fresh slice of history was impossible to put down." Claire Bidwell Smith, "author of "The Rules of Inheritance"""
"Holt brings her characters to life, tracing them from their hiring as JPL began its career with the Army developing missiles for the Cold War through its conversion to NASA's lead center for planetary exploration. She celebrates their lives, achievements, and service to the nation, as well as their excitement at having front row seats to the earliest voyages of solar system exploration. It's a story whose telling is long overdue. We can be grateful for this enjoyable read."
Dr. Charles Elachi, "Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Vice President of the California Institute of Technology, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science""
"Holt's accessible and heartfelt narrative celebrates the women whose crucial roles in American space science often go unrecognized." Publishers Weekly, "Starred Review""
"Wow! Talk about forgotten history! Those interested in space history will find much to enjoy here, but it is the stories of the women involved, highlighted in sections by decade, that commands attention....and her stellar research is evident on every page. This is an excellent contribution to American history, valuable not only for what it reveals about the space program and gender equality but even more as great reading. Book clubs will be lining up."
Colleen Mondor, "Booklist (Starred Review)""
"Engaging history....a fresh contribution to women's history."
"The immediacy of Holt's writing makes readers feel as if they're alongside the women during their first view of Jupiter, and beyond." Stephanie Sendaula, "Library Journal (Editors' Spring Pick)