At a time when women usually stayed home and took care of their children, these fourteen women dove, drove, sped, and performed other feats of “daring do” that put their names in lights.
Fans of extreme sports may be surprised to learn that flirting with disaster isn't a new pastime, and that many of the thrill-seekers of the late-18th and early-19th centuries were women. Imagine yourself inside a circus tent, gasping in awe as you watch 16-year-old bareback rider May Wirth do a backward somersault from the back of one galloping horse to another. Or imagine barely being able to watch as Mademoiselle d'Zizi jumps her bicycle off a ramp and over six elephants! These short, true stories about 13 fearless women will make you feel as if you are witnessing their derring-do firsthand.
March 2014 Picture books newsletter
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