Nellie Bly: A Name to Be Reckoned With

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What are girls good for?

Nellie Bly wasn't always Nellie Bly. First she was Elizabeth Cochrane, a shy girl from Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania. All her life Elizabeth had been told, "girls can't do this" and "girls can't do that." Even the newspaper the Pittsburgh Dispatch said that all girls were good for was getting married and taking care of their families.

But Elizabeth didn't believe it. She knew girls could take care of their families -- ...

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Overview

What are girls good for?

Nellie Bly wasn't always Nellie Bly. First she was Elizabeth Cochrane, a shy girl from Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania. All her life Elizabeth had been told, "girls can't do this" and "girls can't do that." Even the newspaper the Pittsburgh Dispatch said that all girls were good for was getting married and taking care of their families.

But Elizabeth didn't believe it. She knew girls could take care of their families -- but they could also do much, much more. So one day she set out to prove it, and became Nellie Bly -- a name to be reckoned with.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The 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.
—Chelsea Owen
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6- Krensky's lively description of the work of Bly begins as she introduces herself to George Madden, Pittsburgh Dispatch editor, and asks for a job. Krensky writes engaging scenarios describing Bly's reporting from Mexico, her record-breaking journey around the world in 72 days, investigative reporting of an insane asylum, and conditions prompting the Pullman strike. Highlights of Bly's career are skillfully presented using direct quotes from her published works to give the narrative a flow that resembles thought and dialogue, while avoiding fictionalization of speech and feelings. Guay's full-page, black-and-white illustrations show lighter moments in the text. High-interest, easy-reading introductory resources.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689855733
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Milestone Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 875,292
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 0.20 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 8.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

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