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The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.

Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross’s journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.

“A stellar addition to the genre that will launch careers and inspire for generations, it deserves space alongside stories of other world leaders and innovators.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Format Your Price
978-1-5415-7914-9
$14.99
978-1-7284-1901-5
$24.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity, STEM, STEM: Space Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF018040, JNF007090, JNF051040
Dewey 629.1092 [B]
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 940
Guided Reading Level R
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Reviews

The Horn Book Magazine

“Through realistically cartooned digital illustrations and straightforward text, readers learn how Ross’s experiences reflected these traits. Because she valued learning and had a passion for math, Ross was able to persevere.”—The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“[S]potlights the story of an innovative Cherokee aerospace engineer, whose life sets an inspiring example for all children.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“[A] valuable addition to units on Indigenous individuals or women in STEM.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A stellar addition to the genre that will launch careers and inspire for generations, it deserves space alongside stories of other world leaders and innovators.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Author: Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell is the author of Sibert, Orbis Pictus, AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award, and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.

Illustrator: Natasha Donovan

Natasha Donovan is the illustrator of the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series (written by Brett Huson). She also illustrated the graphic novel Surviving the City (written by Tasha Spillett), which won a Manitoba Book Award and received an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor. Natasha is Métis, and spent her early life in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although she moved to the United States to marry a mathematician, she prefers to keep her own calculations to the world of color and line. She lives in Washington. www.natashadonovan.com

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