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


"In Chasing Space, Leland Melvin tackles stupendous obstacles with dogged determination, showing you what is indeed possible in life—if you belive." —Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Welcome to the Universe

Meet Leland Melvin—football star, NASA astronaut, and professional dream chaser.

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.

Bill Nye the Science Guy says: “Leland’s story moves fast; once you get started you’ll want to join the chase.”

Praise For…

“A story of passion and perseverance told by a humble hero. Insightful and inspiring!”

“In Chasing Space, Leland Melvin, the former NASA astronaut, shares this remarkable trajectory of his life. En route he tackles stupendous obstacles with dogged determination, showing you what is indeed possible in life—if you believe.”

“He shows us how he made the best of every opportunity and every setback on his way from his hometown to outer space. It moves fast; once you get started you’ll want to join the chase.”

“It reminded me of how small the planet really is, and therefore, how insignificant our differences as humans are-the kind of issues that kept my own legacy at NASA hidden for so long. Chasing Space is a must read—a flight you shouldn’t miss.”

“Henry Ford said, ‘If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.’ Leland Melvin proves it. His story inspires me and reminds me of the value of staying positive and pushing through adversity. Chasing Space is uplifting and motivating.”

“I’m happy to be able to call Leland a friend and looking forward to many more years of learning with him. And now he will take you, too, on a journey.”

“A heartfelt offering for fans of inspiring memoirs, sports lovers, or those interested in the STEM fields.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062665928
ISBN-10: 0062665928
Publisher: Amistad
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English