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Maria Mitchell
The Soul of an Astronomer
Beatrice Gormley
Ages 10 & up
49 black-and-white photographs
Lexile: 1150L
POD; Published: 3/2/2004
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5264-9
Price: $ 24.50
149 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7 x 9
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In the mid-1800s, a turbulent time when women were often thought to be unworthy of higher education, Maria Mitchell rose above the prejudices of the day to become America's first professional woman astronomer. This exciting biography tells the story of Maria Mitchell's life, her amazing achievements, and her faith that saw God's handiwork in the heavens.

"Gormley successfully paints a picture of a world that failed to mold Mitchell to its standards, focusing on the telling details that bring the story to life. Inspiring and incisive." -- Kirkus Reviews

Children's Book Council, An NSTA-CBC
Kirkus Reviews
"One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences."
"Fascinating black-and-white photographs add to this vibrant history of an extraordinary 19th-century scientist and of her and other women's struggle for equality."