Born to a wealthy and aristocratic English family, Florence Nightingale horrified her parents when she spurned suitors and chose to become a nurse--a less than respectable undertaking for a young lady in the 1800s. She further shocked people when, in charge of a hospital for Christian women in England, she began treating Muslim women. After assembling a group of nurses to treat British soldiers fighting in Turkey during the Crimean War, Florence contracted and survived cholera. Because of her unceasing efforts to treat the wounded men in the field hospitals, even tiptoeing through the wards in the middle of the night carrying an oil lamp, she came to be known as the “lady with the lamp” and became a national hero back home in England. This outstanding graphic biography recounts the story of Florence Nightingale, from her youth to her early field work and on through her efforts to modernize military hospitals. Young readers will gain an understanding of why this woman is known as the founder of modern nursing. They can further research her life and work through the safe and interactive web resources suggested in the appendix to this text. Reviewer: Louanne Jacobs
Trina Robbins grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, a second-grade schoolteacher, taught her to read at age four. She says, "It is the greatest gift anyone has ever given to me." Robbins turned her love of books into a lifelong career. For more than 30 years, she has been writing graphic novels and children's books. Her work includes comics such as Wonder Woman and Powerpuff Girls, as well as GoGirl!, her own graphic novel series for girls.