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Children's LiteratureThe time is 1885, and although Elizabeth Cochran dreams of making a difference, her gender prevents her from doing so. When she feels inspired to write a letter to a newspaper, its contents catch the eye of the man in charge. Elizabeth becomes the infamous writer Nellie Bly, working for the Dispatch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she researches social problems, such as factory jobs and institutions for the mentally challenged. Nellie aggressively works her way up through the field of journalism and earns the world's respect. She also provides a clear example that women have the power to accomplish great things. The detailed illustrations, though mere black-and-white pencil sketches, add to the story by providing a clear picture of Nellie's surroundings and her changing attitude toward different situations. This fascinating, true tale of a remarkable woman in an unfortunate time offers reader a suspenseful adventure. 2003, First Aladdin Paperbacks, Ages 7 to 10.