It Can't Be Done, Nellie Bly!: A Reporter's Race Around the World

It Can't Be Done, Nellie Bly!: A Reporter's Race Around the World

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by Jen Singh, Nancy Butcher
     
 

Nellie Bly was usually very brave. But as she began her race around the world, the young reporter felt afraid. She was leaving behind her family, her friends, and her work. She had no idea what she would face on her long trip. There might be storms, shipwrecks, diseases -- or even worse!  See more details below

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Nellie Bly was usually very brave. But as she began her race around the world, the young reporter felt afraid. She was leaving behind her family, her friends, and her work. She had no idea what she would face on her long trip. There might be storms, shipwrecks, diseases -- or even worse!

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Children's Literature
In 1888, Nellie Bly, a reporter for the New York World decided that she could travel around the world in less than eighty days, beating Phileas Fogg's fictitious record in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days. As she traveled, she promised to send back stories describing various countries. In three days, she was packed and ready for the trip. Unbeknownst to her until halfway through her trip, another reporter, Elizabeth Bisland from Cosmopolitan decided that she could beat Bly. As Bly tried to beat both Fogg and Bisland, she ran into several unexpected delays and met many interesting people. She also learned about the different countries through which she traveled and learned that women in many countries did not experience the same freedom that she did in America. Back home, an unexpected phenomenon occurred as Bly became the topic of daily conversation and the most popular news story. Butcher brings this true story to life as she details Bly's adventures, incorporating quotes and paraphrases from Bly's own account. Jen Singh provides a colorful map of Bly's journey at the beginning of the book, and at the book's end, Butcher includes additional information about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Butcher tells the story in a way that maintains the reader's interest in Nellie Bly until the last page. 2003, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 9 to 12.
—Amanda Eron
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Bly's journey is simply described, capitalizing on the inherent drama of her race against time and, later, a competitor. Butcher offers readers clear explanations of the ways in which travel and career opportunities for women differed in 1889. The young woman's limited knowledge of the places and cultures she visited was reflected in her news stories of raw impressions rather than the informed insight of today's small world. This lively account follows Bly from New York to London, France, Italy, Egypt, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan, San Francisco, and triumph in Hoboken, NJ. Her travel attire and remarkably meager luggage are described, along with climatic changes, struggles with the telegraph system to file stories and receive information, and efforts to obtain required travel documents. The book contains additional information about the reporter's life, making it a satisfying biography suitable for reports and recreational reading. Fun, factual, and well written.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781561452897
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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