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Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills Rating:

Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Mabel Stark wrestled with tigers. Sonora Webster Carver plummeted forty feet on horseback into a tank of water. These and the eleven other women profiled in this book performed between 1880 and 1929, when females were expected to stay home and raise families, not entertain crowds with acts of derring-do. Their bravado, equal to that of any male thrill-seeker, made them inspiring at a time when women were testing the waters of equality and freedom. Julie Cummins' conversational text and Cheryl Harness' poster-like illustrations bring a colorful era in history to life.


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"A full-page illustration accompanies each chapter and depicts the astonishing stunts, e.g., Sonora Carver diving into a small pool from 40 feet up while on horseback (she inspired the film Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken); vignettes and other smaller art further enliven the text. A concluding chronology sets these women's accomplishments within the context of other, more commonly acknowledged female firsts and the path toward equal rights." -- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Julia Cummins
Illustrator Cheryl Harness
ISBN 0525479481
Publication Date Jan 24, 2008
Publisher Dutton Juvenile
Language English