Grade 6-9?With a smoothly flowing and lively style, this biography introduces readers to the 19th-century astronomer. Well-chosen, primary-source quotations and quality black-and-white photos add authenticity to the text, and contribute greatly to the author's objective and comprehensive description of Mitchell's accomplishments. This is not a straightforward chronological biography. The first chapter sets the stage, describing Mitchell's native Nantucket; comments about her as a adult; and fills in facts about her childhood. Gormley then goes on to describe her subject's later life and career. A 16-page centerfold features black-and-white photos of Mitchell, her friends, family, and colleagues. Students who are researching women scientists, 19th-century astronomers, or the education and enlightenment of women will find this biography helpful.?Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX
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Gr. 8^-12. This fine biography details the life of America's first female astronomer, who was born in 1818 on Nantucket. Gormley explores Mitchell's early years, her struggles with the Quaker doctrines with which she grew up, her discovery of the comet that was named after her, and her careers as a librarian and astronomy instructor. Known for her honesty as well as her nonconformity, Mitchell comes across here as a great seeker who truly loved God and sang his praises. She did not regard the Christian faith as an unwavering walk to a glorious home in heaven but as a sometimes painful journey to personal authenticity. Her story is an important contribution to women's history and offers encouragement to young women considering astronomy as a career. Shelley Townsend-Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews