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Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back) . She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.

Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft's computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.

Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

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Dean Robbins

Dean Robbins writes nonfiction children's picture books about his heroes, including "Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass" (Scholastic) ; "Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote" (Knopf) ; "Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing" (Knopf) ; "The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean" (Scholastic) ; "Thank You, Dr. Salk!: The Scientist Who Beat Polio and Healed the World" (Farrar Straus Giroux) , "The Fastest Girl on Earth!: Meet Kitty O'Neil, Daredevil Driver!" (Knopf) ; "Mambo Mucho Mambo!: The Dance That Crossed Color Lines" (Candlewick) ; and "You Are a Star, Ruth Bader Ginsburg!" (Scholastic) . His award-winning books have been featured on Public Radio International and praised in The New York Times, USA Today, Smithsonian, and other publications, along with receiving starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. They've also been chosen for best-of-the-year honors by Smithsonian, Space.com, the Cooperative Children's Book Center, and the Children's Book Council, among others. "Two Friends" was adapted as a short film by Weston Wood Studios. As a journalist, Robbins has contributed to USA Today, The New York Daily News, Space.com, and dozens of other media outlets. He draws on his journalism experience to interview the subjects of his children's books, including Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean and NASA's pioneering computer scientist Margaret Hamilton. Learn more at deanrobbins.net.

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