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

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For sixteen years I’ve worked at Scott Carpenter Middle School in Denver helping students learn and grow and have adventures they may not have. When I was told Sylvia Acevedo was going to be doing a tour of local schools for her book, I knew we’d have to bring her to our school. You see, Scott Carpenter was an astronaut and much of our school is space themed. Many of my students come from similar backgrounds as Ms. Acevedo and don’t believe they can choose where life takes them by setting goals and working hard to achieve them. The power of community is mentioned more than once in this book and it is so true. If we can find one good community to help us grow and become better humans than we will have succeeded. “Planning ahead and doing things properly can help you get what you want.” So many times my students look for the quick and the easy, but things take time and hard work to gain long term rewards.

I find it amazing she drew strength from Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart and Helen Keller just to name a few. Our Girl Scout troop wanted to inspire other girls to show them they could be super heroes. The girls planned a camp and welcome juniors to learn how they could be a hero in their community. Little did we know we picked these same women to teach other girls how powerful women could be as leaders, and as gangs agents. Here’s hoping in many years we will also count Sylvia Acevedo among this amazing group of super heroes :-)

— Stephanie R., educator at Scott Carpenter Middle School in Westminster, CO


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 currently the 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

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

"Acevedo’s moving autobiographical account shines in its honesty, personal details, and inspirational message."--The 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