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This is the extraordinary true story of America's first female rocket scientist. Told by her son, it describes Mary Sherman Morgan's crucial contribution to launching America's first satellite and the author's labyrinthine journey to uncover his mother's lost legacy—one buried deep under a lifetime of secrets political, technological, and personal.

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In 1938, a young German rocket enthusiast named Wernher von Braun had dreams of building a rocket that could fly him to the moon. In Ray, North Dakota, a young farm girl named Mary Sherman was attending high school. In an age when girls rarely dreamed of a career in science, Mary wanted to be a chemist. A decade later the dreams of these two disparate individuals would coalesce in ways neither could have imagined.

World War II and the Cold War space race with the Russians changed the fates of both von Braun and Mary Sherman Morgan. When von Braun and other top engineers could not find a solution to the repeated failures that plagued the nascent U.S. rocket program, North American Aviation, where Sherman Morgan then worked, was given the challenge. Recognizing her talent for chemistry, company management turned the assignment over to young Mary.

In the end, America succeeded in launching rockets into space, but only because of the joint efforts of the brilliant farm girl from North Dakota and the famous German scientist. While von Braun went on to become a high-profile figure in NASA's manned space flight, Mary Sherman Morgan and her contributions fell into obscurity—until now.

"Joe Barrett offers a solid reading. Listeners will easily come to think of his voice as that of the author." ---AudioFile

"A dramatic, suspenseful tale." ---Scientific American

“This portrait of a mother shrouded in mystery and largely forgotten by the field she pioneered is a compelling read.” ---Publishers Weekly

“An intriguing biography. . . . The personal story and family detective work are truly gripping, and Mary, in all her contradictions, emerges as a fascinating subject.” ---Booklist

“An accessible and enjoyable read. . . . [It reminds] us of the need to adequately record and credit the contributions of women scientists, like Morgan, to obtain the fullest account in our history-of-science collections." ---Library Journal

"[Joe Barrett's] comfortable, conversational tone, along with subtle characterizations and minimal accents, sets the stage for this candid and thoughtful biography of the woman who 'single-handedly saved America’s space program.'" ---Booklist Audio Review

Rocket Girl

The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist

Author George D. Morgan

Narrated by Joe Barrett

Publication date Aug 8, 2017

Running time 9 hrs 4 min

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