Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist (Hardcover)

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"Inspiring and moving -- Sylvia Acevedo shares he personal journey going from girl scout to rocket scientist (and the CEO for Girl Scouts USA!!!)

— Eugenia


The inspiring memoir for young readers about a Latina rocket scientist whose early life was transformed by joining the Girl Scouts and who currently serves as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

A meningitis outbreak in their underprivileged neighborhood left Sylvia Acevedo’s family forever altered. As she struggled in the aftermath of loss, young Sylvia’s life transformed when she joined the Brownies. The Girl Scouts taught her how to take control of her world and nourished her love of numbers and science.
     With new confidence, Sylvia navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master's in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
     Simultaneously available in Spanish!

About the Author

Sylvia Acevedo is a rocket scientist and award-winning entrepreneur who served on the White House Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics and is the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the US. Visit her online at and on Twitter @SylviaAcevedo.  

Praise For…

"This appealing page-turner helps fill the void of biographies on Latina women. Girls, boys, scouts, non- scouts—all will be inspired by Acevedo’s story." — Booklist (starred review)

"Those seeking stories of female STEM trailblazers will find much to love here. Encouraging and uplifting." — Kirkus Reviews

"A gem of an autobiography...The text is accessible, and the story of Acevedo’s life touches upon a number of salient points for readers including racism, gender roles, and educational inequality." — School Library Journal

School Library Journal  "Acevedo’s moving autobiographical account shines in its honesty, personal details, and inspirational message." — Horn Book Magazine

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781328809568
ISBN-10: 1328809560
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English