Pamela S. Turner

Comet Chaser

The True Cinderella Story of Caroline Herschel, the First Professional Woman Astronomer

Comet Chaser

About the Book

Once upon a time there lived a girl who swept floors and washed dish­es and was lit­tle more than a ser­vant to her fam­i­ly. Until, one day, an invi­ta­tion arrived.

It was an invi­ta­tion to a new coun­try and a new begin­ning — a place where Car­o­line Her­schel’s dreams, her fas­ci­na­tion with the night sky, and her extra­or­di­nary tal­ent would open up a world of astro­nom­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies and make her the belle of the sci­en­tif­ic ball. In this empow­er­ing, true Cin­derel­la sto­ry, Car­o­line Her­schel must escape a hum­ble life of drudgery, and with the mag­ic of sci­ence, cre­ate her own fairy-tale ending.


Kirkus Reviews
“This cap­ti­vat­ing, well-writ­ten bio­graph­i­cal pic­ture book spot­light a bril­liant, per­se­ver­ing woman who found her true call­ing in the skies … an impor­tant his­tor­i­cal per­son­al­i­ty receives deserved atten­tion in this fine account.”

“Turner’s well-researched text gives read­ers insights into eigh­teenth-cen­tu­ry Euro­pean soci­ety as well as the his­to­ry of astron­o­my and the per­son­al chal­lenges faced by Car­o­line Her­schel … This pic­ture-book biog­ra­phy presents a short, vivid account of Car­o­line Herschel’s notable life, with addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion and insights in the back matter.”

Pub­lish­ers Week­ly
“Ger­man-born female astronomer Car­o­line Her­schel (1750–1848) becomes a Cin­derel­la-like hero­ine in Turn­er’s quo­ta­tion-filled text … Milden­berg­er’s smudgy full-bleed paint­ings lean on shad­owy hues for dreamy night­time vis­tas in which Her­schel shines as a fig­ure of resilience — and bril­liance. The cre­ative team com­pels with this por­tray­al of empow­er­ment through vocation.” 

Comet Chaser

illus­tra­tor, Vivien Milden­berg­er
Chron­i­cle Books, March 5, 2024
ISBN 978–1452145433

Herschel Museum of Astronomy
Her­schel Muse­um of Astronomy

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