Submitter: Here is a gem from a very busy branch of a large California public library system. Someone on staff re-shelved this one recently. At the time, this was a great look at life as a “new astronaut.” Now, it’s dated, worn, and irrelevant. Although it has some good biographical info about Ride’s early life, it’s going to be totally unappealing to today’s children. No color photos, lots of speculative info about what’s going to happen in 1985, and an entire chapter at the end dedicated to “some of the things being planned for the citizens of the twenty first century,” such as routine trips into space, small towns in space, and “space vans” for carrying cargo. Also, no mention of the Challenger disaster (since it wouldn’t happen for another 3 years).
Holly: A book on Sally Ride is a lovely addition to a public library. She died last summer of pancreatic cancer, so a new-ish book would be a great idea. This old thing is almost an insult to her memory, since it’s missing so much of her story.