The Girl Who Rode a Shark

And Other Stories of Daring Women

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Pub Date 24 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 12 Dec 2019

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An inspiring biographical collection celebrating the adventurousness and ingenuity of girls and women around the world.

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. And she’s just one example.

The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other 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. The tales come from a huge variety of times and places, from a Canadian astronaut to an Indian secret agent to a Balkan pirate queen who stood up to Ancient Rome.

Author and activist Ailsa Ross gives readers a fun, informative piece of nonfiction that emphasizes the boundless potential of a new generation of women.

An inspiring biographical collection celebrating the adventurousness and ingenuity of girls and women around the world.

Now more than ever, the world is recognizing how strong women and girls are...

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Wow! The Girl Who Rode a Shark is a powerful collection of amazing women and the accomplishments and changes they made in our world. Some of the women I recognized and some were new to me. The combination of detailed text and beautifully illustrated images made this such an engrossing read. I learned so much from this book and I loved how it shared ways to learn more after each biography.

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Talk about girl power! This book is packed full of amazing women. There were quite a few women who I hadn't heard about. I enjoyed reading the mini-biographies on each. There were some women that I did know, but I learned even more information about them. After each woman's biography, there are suggestions on similar women to research. This book is beautifully illustrated and designed. Readers will be drawn to the interesting visuals and information.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me this copy to read and review.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this anthology of complex female heroes for younger readers. I was pleasantly surprised to see women I have not seen before in similar anthologies and I liked the divisions into artists, adventurers, activists etc. There were also a fair number of fairly contemporary female heroes. I especially liked that after each mini bio there was a list of a more women who did similar things, for the reader to look up or research later. I immediately looked up some of these names and feel it would be very useful for readers super interested in a particular subject matter like female scientists. The illustrations I also felt were very well done. I hope the artist and author make another anthology!
Also I appreciated the glossary, well done and very accessible.

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This is a beautifully illustrated book that chronicles the lives of 52 women from all walks of life and all time periods. Some of the names are recognizable like Amelia Earhart or Bessie Coleman, but many of the women featured were not well-known to me, including Shannen Koostachin, "the teenager who fought for education in First Nations communities" and Kimi Werner, "the freediving chef who rode a shark".

I like how the book is organized into different section like Artists, Pioneers, Scientists, etc. Each section in the book starts with a map showing where each woman lived. Then there is a one-page mini biography about each woman. It is a beautiful book, and I can't wait to add this to my library's collection. Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy.

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The Girl Who Rode a Shark will be an excellent addition to our classroom library full of girl power. The women in this book are bold, brave and wonderful and I am happy to help children learn about these lesser known women. Our classroom will celebrate this book and the women in it.

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A collection of stories about amazing women throughout history. The women chosen come from a variety of backgrounds and regions which makes it a very interesting read and will be inspiring for all girls and boys from all backgrounds as well. The art work is eye catching and they have added maps showing where each of the women originated from which adds more visual detail..

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The Girl Who Rode a Shark is an absolutely beautiful and inspiring book for girls and generally humans of all ages. I would have loved this as a kid, searching for strong women to connect with and admire, but reading it in my early thirties as I navigate a life that hasn't necessarily turned out the way I wanted has definitely been a rewarding experience.

This is a book for all of us, a reminder that we all can be great, that we all can accomplish something. It's amazing how many of these incredible women had flown under my radar for so much of my life, but it's also like they joined my story at exactly the right time. And I'm all the better for it.

I can absolutely see this being something that I gift the ladies in my life, be they binary or not, be they young or aging.

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