Ron’s Big Mission

Author: Rose Blue and Corrine J. Naden

Illustrator: Don Tate

Published: January 2009

Publisher: Dutton/Penguin Group (USA)

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage – it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.


*Starred Review*” Deftly told and warmly illustrated, this fictional account of an incident in the Civil Rights-era childhood of Challenger astronaut Ron McNair tells a powerful story.” -Kirkus

A Spring 2009 Junior Library Guild selection.