I love writing a variety of forms, from Young Adult fiction to historical accounts, from remote working how-to articles to children’s books. Most recently, I wrote a children’s picture book, Tony Jenzano, Astronaut Trainer: The Man Who Made the Stars Shine about Morehead Planetarium’s director who oversaw NASA astronaut training in celestial navigation from 1960 – 1975. It’s perfect for grades 2 through 5 for read aloud, biography projects, and wax museum project research. Look for it at a bookseller of choice on the September 1 release date or pre-order now.
“This beautifully illustrated book by Michael G. Neece brilliantly captures a chapter in the history of the Morehead Planetarium. But it does so much more – it’s a story of commitment, courage, learning and the imagination. The bonds formed between museum director Tony Jenzano, Morehead Planetarium, and an amazing roster of famous astronauts were profound and lasting, and played a major role in sending the first Americans into space.”
— Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House Series
“Michael Neece’s exploration of Tony Jenzano’s life and work illuminates the role that a local institution can play in the world, as well as bringing well-deserved attention to a unsung figure in space exploration.”
— Palmer Smith, elementary school librarian in Chapel Hill, NC
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I’m working on two projects right now: completing a history of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center from the 1920’s through today and revising a YA alternate history novel.
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