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Ron's Big Mission

Blue, Rose (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Ron's Big Mission


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One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina, public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards. Includes facts about McNair, who grew up to be an astronaut.
Authors: Blue, Rose
Title: Ron's big mission
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dutton Childrens Books,, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,29 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden ; illustrated by Don Tate
Summary: One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina, public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards. Includes facts about McNair, who grew up to be an astronaut.
Awards & Distinctions: A Junior Library Guild selection
Additional Contributors: Naden, Corinne J.
Tate, Don
ISBN: 9780525478492
0525478493
Branch Call Number: jE BLUE 2009
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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fictionalized account based on a real incident in Ron McNair's life. McNair was only the second African American to become an astronaut. Born in SC, as a child he dreamed of becoming an airplane pilot. Ron successfully challenged the local library's policy that denied library cards to Blacks and that only allowed white patrons to borrow books and take them home. This story is especially important because the library already skirted its own rules by allowing white patrons to check out books on their cards and then to give them to black patrons to bring home. Certain to encourage discussions about racism and all its subtleties. Blue and Naden do a great job making this very serious subject accessible to young children-- as do Tate's child friendly illustrations. Well paired with Richard Wright and the Library Card/Miller and Goin' Someplace Special/McKissack.--- In 1986, Ron McNair died when the space shuttle challenger exploded after takeoff.

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