In August of 2009, José M. Hernández became the first Mexican-American to earn his wings as a NASA astronaut. An impressive achievement in itself, Hernández's accomplishment is even more amazing when you realize that journey he took to get there...
REACHING FOR THE STARS tells the story of a child growing up as a migrant farm worker in the agricultural fields of Mexico and America, who dared to dream of one day becoming an astronaut. The barriers José faced were formidable. Following the yearly crop cycles, José and his family moved each year throughout Mexico and California, never staying in one area for too long. His parents' love and commitment to education was the glue that kept the family together in lean times, through long winters when there was no work. Things changed for José, when two grade school teachers supported and encouraged his parents to settle in California, for the benefit of their children's education. It took only a few adults who had faith in José to give him what he needed to believe in his dreams. And now, by sharing his journey, José hopes to instill that belief in others.
About The Author:
José M. Hernández is an engineer and a former NASA astronaut who was part of the crew of the STS-128 Space Shuttle mission. Hernández also founded the Reaching for the Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that "strives to ensure opportunities for children to pursue their educational and professional goals regardless of perceived obstacles."
Reaching For The Stars was probably one of the most amazing stories of perseverence I have read in a really long time! I never give away major points from a book, but I cannot help it with this book! Anyone who tries 11 times to get into the NASA Astronaut Program before finally getting accepted, is an amazing example of determination in my books! That is exactly what Hernandez did!
Reaching For The Stars is a very well-written, easy to read book that all readers ages junior high and older will enjoy reading. The journey that the author went through to become an astronaut and reach his dreams was hard but worth it. He is truly an example of what happens with dreams and hard work! A great read to be sure!
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Reaching For The Stars at your favorite local bookseller, as well as online through Amazon
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***