Now more than ever, the world is recognizing how strong women and girls are. How strong? In the early 1920s, Inuit expeditioner Ada Blackjack survived for two years as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the Arctic Ocean before she was finally rescued. Josephine Baker used her fame to act as a French Resistance spy. Maria Sibylla Merian loved inseccts, and became the first person ever to observe metamorphosis. And Nujeen Mustafa escaped Syria and traveled through Europe in a wheelchair, and used the experience to raise awareness of the unique challenges facing refugees with disabilities.
The Girl Who Rode a Shark: True Stories of Daring Women is a rousing collection of biographies focused on women and girls who have written, explored, or otherwise plunged headfirst into the pages of history. Undaunted by expectations, they made their mark by persevering in pursuit of their passions. Author and activist Ailsa Ross' stories come from a huge variety of times and places, giving readers a fun, informative piece of nonfiction that emphasizes the boundless potential of a new generation of women.
"Brief biographies of 52 intrepid women, spanning the globe and all centuries, are flanked by large, full-color illustrations and by maps that show the women’s adventuring sites.... The idea of adventuring is deliberately loose, with the biographies organized under categories of artists, pioneers, scientists, activists, athletes, and seekers." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||8 and up|
|Publication Date||Sep 24, 2019|