Stop the Presses, Nellie's Got a Scoop!: A Story of Nellie Bly

Stop the Presses, Nellie's Got a Scoop!: A Story of Nellie Bly

by Robert M. Quackenbush

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-- Each double-page spread of this attractive book features a full-page, two-color illustration faced by the main text and a small drawing of a boy and girl who have found an old suitcase in the attic and, while going through its contents, comment on the events of Bly's life from a modern vantage point. Quackenbush writes in a simple, straightforward style that is accessible, informative, and entertaining. Illustrations are two-colored, attractive, and appropriate to the related text. Enjoyable and informative. --Rosie Peasley, Empire Union Sch . Dist . , Modesto, CA
Ilene Cooper
The story of Nellie Bly, a turn-of-the-century journalist, has all the stuff of intriguing biography--determination, daring, even danger--but Quackenbush's description of Nellie's life is dry. Bly's specialty was undercover work, having herself committed to insane asylums or being falsely accused so she could investigate prisons. But while Quackenbush duly reports her deeds, the character never comes alive. Most of the excitement comes from the book's pictures. There's plenty of action in Nellie's fleeing with evidence down a spooky corridor or escaping from Mexico, and Quackenbush's artwork, more controlled than in the past, allows his pictures to have both liveliness and weight. However, the intrusion of modern kids' finding Nellie's satchel and commenting on her life on the bottom of every other page is a distraction. There is almost nothing available on Nellie Bly, so librarians will probably want to have this biography around despite its problems.

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Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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9 - 12 Years

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