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Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lively, bite-size bios of fearless females.

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There's something very fresh and refreshing about this compilation of bios of daring women, most of whom aren't famous, but are "ordinary" women who did extraordinary things. The profiles in Women Who Dared: 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, and Rebels span time, place, and race, though a lot are from the United States. Author Linda Skeers includes African-Americans, Native Americans of different Nations (Wyandot, Blackfeet, Omaha, Black Seminole), Latinas, an Iraqi librarian, and a Japanese martial artist. Skeers' prose is crisp, clean, easy to follow, and lively, always offering up the engaging detail. When lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis had to take over the lighthouse duties when her father died, she had to quit school but still "rowed her young siblings to school, and picked them up and rowed them home every day." Bessie Stringfield, "Motorcycle Queen of Miami," took "penny tours," in which she’d "flip a penny onto a map, and that’s where she’d go!"

Each profile has a full-page facing illustration, which helps readers identify at a glance each woman's race, time period, and the gist of her accomplishments. The message is clear: Don’t hold back! Do what you love and have fun doing it! Because the book's jam-packed with bite-size bios, it's probably best consumed in small sittings, a few at a time. Girls might keep it on their night tables or in their backpacks to pull out and enjoy.

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