Gr 5 Up-- The story of Elizabeth Cochrane, the innovative female journalist who, as Nellie Bly, built a career in an age in which women were socially assigned to running households. She tackled the problem of working conditions in factories by working at menial laboring jobs to give firsthand accounts, and had herself admitted as a patient to explore the conditions in mental institutions. Her remarkable courage and thorough reports and feature stories provoked much controversy and led to many important reforms. The book follows the chronological orientation and above-average writing style of others in the series. Black-and-white photographs and newspaper sketches are included. Cochrane's life is accurately documented with an interesting mix of her unique professional exploits and personal difficulties. Her outstanding achievements both as a woman and as a journalist should provide inspirational reading. --Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, R.I.