The Daring Nellie Bly by Bonnie Christensen
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From the award-winning picture book biographer of Woody Guthrie comes the inspirational story of Nellie Bly. Born in 1864, during a time in which options were extremely limited for women, Nellie defied all expectations and became a famous newspaper correspondent. Her daring exploits included committing herself to an infamous insane asylum in New York City to expose the terrible conditions there and becoming the first American war correspondent of either sex to report on the front lines of Austria during World War I. In 1889, Nellie completed her most publicized stunt, her world-famous trip around the world in just 72 days, beating the record of Jules Vernes’ fictional hero in Around the World in 80 Days. With an informative text and pen-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of the graphic style of the late 1800s, The Daring Nellie Bly captures the independent spirit of America’s first star reporter, Nellie Bly.

About Bonnie Christensen

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BONNIE CHRISTENSEN is the author and illustrator of two nonfiction picture books, Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, and The Daring Nellie Bly. She is also the illustrator of Pompeii: Lost and Found, written by Mary Pope Osborne.
Published February 27, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 1 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She “grew up competing with two older brothers,” “learned the art of standing out from the crowd” from her mother, and in the course of a spectacular journalistic career highlighted by a less-than-80-day solo jaunt around the world, exposés of dreadful conditions in a New York asylum, and a stint...

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Christensen (Woody Guthrie ) crafts an intriguing introduction to a larger-than-life figure in this attractive picture book biography. Born in 1864, Elizabeth Coc

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The author reserves the core of the book for Bly's most famous stunt: her successful attempt, in 1889, to break the fictional travel record of Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days (Bly did it in 72 days).

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