A Computer Called Katherine

A Computer Called Katherine by Suzanne Slade is the story of how Katherine Johnson helped put America on the moon. Katherine always loved to count and was so smart she skipped several grades. When she finished eighth grade at the age of ten the family had to move as her town did not have a high school for black students. After college, the engineers at her first job at the Langley Laboratory quickly realized what a genius they had on board and invited her to be on the space team. She correctly calculated the flight path for the first manned flight and was indispensable to the NASA astronauts from then on. This is an inspirational book about perseverance, the fun side of math and the excitement of being a part of history. (Non-Fiction)