Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition (Hardcover)

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Think you want to be an astronaut? Well, it wasn’t Leland Melvin’s dream. After all, he played football for the Detroit Lions. Until he was injured. But he didn’t let it keep him down. Instead, he went to work in a completely different field…for NASA, where eventually he became an astronaut and so much more! Follow Leland on his journey, where grit has been key to all his successes. Here’s a book sure to set a fire in all of us to dream big and never give in to our fears.  For readers, ages 8-12, and beyond!


—  Susan


Meet Leland Melvin--football star, NASA astronaut, and professional dream chaser. Bill Nye the Science Guy says: "Leland's story moves fast; once you get started you'll want to join the chase."

In this inspiring memoir, adapted from the simultaneous version for adults, young readers will get to learn about Leland Melvin's remarkable life story, from being drafted by the Detroit Lions to bravely orbiting our planet in the International Space Station to writing songs with, working with Serena Williams, and starring in top-rated television shows like The Dog Whisperer, Top Chef, and Child Genius.

With do-it-yourself experiments in the back of the book and sixteen pages of striking full-color photographs, this is the perfect book to inspire young readers.

When the former Detroit Lion's football career was cut short by an injury, Leland didn't waste time mourning his broken dream. Instead, he found a new one--something that was completely out of this world.

He joined NASA, braved an injury that nearly left him permanently deaf, and still managed to muster the courage and resolve to travel to space on the shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. Leland's problem-solving methods and can-do attitude turned his impossible-seeming dream into reality.

Leland's story introduces readers to the fascinating creative and scientific challenges he had to deal with in space and will encourage the next generation of can-do scientists to dare to follow their dreams.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062665928
ISBN-10: 0062665928
Publisher: Amistad Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English