Bad Girls by Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, and Other Female Villains

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From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. "Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad"? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?

In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history’s most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girl’s badness—Heidi as the prosecution, Jane for context.

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Jane’s strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guay’s detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.
 

About Heidi E. Y. Stemple

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Jane Yolen, the author of such contemporary children's classics as Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? has been called "America's Hans Christian Andersen" by Newsweek and "a modern equivalent of Aesop" by the New York Times. Her bestselling books, which have been translated into twenty-one languages, have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Regina Medal, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Award. She has been nominated for a National Book Award and has received three honorary doctorates for her body of work. She and her husband, David Stemple, live in Massachusetts and Scotland. You can visit her website at www.janeyolen.com. Heidi Elizabet Yolen Stemple is Jane Yolen's daughter and sometime writing partner. Together they wrote the "Unsolved Mysteries from History" series. Heidi lives in Hatfield, MA. Rebecca Guay attended Pratt Institute of Art, and over the past thirteen years her work has been widely published in graphic novels, on young adult book covers, and fantasy periodical covers. Rebecca lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
 
Published February 1, 2013 by Charlesbridge. 176 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Brief, breezy profiles of women who committed crimes, from Delilah to Catherine the Great to gangster moll Virginia Hill, with comic-strip commentary from the authors.

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Brief, breezy profiles of women who committed crimes, from Delilah to Catherine the Great to gangster moll Virginia Hill, with comic-strip commentary from the authors.

Dec 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, ...

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Mother-daughter collaborators Yolen and Stemple, who previously partnered with Guay on The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories, revisit the lives and legendary misdeeds of 26 notorious women in this often

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