The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986 touched the emotions of all Americans. One of the astronauts whose death seemed even more of a tragedy was McAuliffe, a popular social studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire and the first private citizen selected for space flight. This is her story, told by a journalist from her home town. Hohler's text documents McAuliffe's saga from Concord to NASA training in Houston to the brink of death at Cape Canaveral. It is touching: happy and at the same time, sad, since we know the fate of the Challenger crew. Without excessive pathos, Hohler uses interviews and personal recollections to reconstruct the life of a teacher's teacher. The author grew close to McAuliffe and her family, and his reflections make for a unique narrative. Highly recommended for most libraries.