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Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly (Photobiographies) Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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Starred Review. Grade 4–6—The life story of this daring news reporter, globetrotter, and advocate for women's rights is presented chronologically from birth to death. By seamlessly weaving her subject's accomplishments as a national figure with her personal life, Macy offers a masterful account of how Bly and turn-of-the-century American society shaped one another. There is at least one period photo, map, or artifact per spread, as well as several full- and double-page visuals. Insightful captions relate the illustrations to the surrounding text. This meticulously researched and elegantly presented account also provides readers and teachers with a plethora of additional material: a date-by-date time line of Bly's life, museums to visit, and videos to watch. The ample index features just about every supporting character mentioned in the book and uses boldfaced page numbers to indicate illustrations. Pair this book with a read-aloud of Bonnie Christensen's The Daring Nelly Bly (Knopf, 2003) for a riveting classroom discussion of American society, feminism, and journalism.—Rebecca Dash, New York Public Library END
About the Author
Sue Macy is the author of Bull’s-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley, Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports, and A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, among many other titles. She has received numerous awards and starred reviews for her work. Winning Ways and A Whole New Ball Game were both named ALA Best Books for Young Adults and NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.
Linda Ellerbee is a retired American journalist who cofounded Lucky Duck Productions with her husband, Rolfe Tessem. Their company is best known for its Peabody and Emmy Award–winning show Nick News. Prior to hosting this program for more than 20 years, she worked as a reporter at ABC, CBS, and NBC.
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Undaunted, Nellie was determined to find a way to earn money to support herself and contribute to the family finances. Erasmus Wilson was writing, in her eyes, nonsense about how "women should stay out of the workplace and instead focus on cooking, cleaning, sewing and keeping a nice home." Her jaunty objections to his column actually landed her a job. Her byline? Nellie Bly. She was soon taking on some "gritty topics" along with the regular home and garden fare. Later when she took a big step and moved to New York, she ran up against another opinionated man named Dr. George Hepworth. He claimed that "it was improper for a woman to cover a story about a crime or a scandal." Nellie got a job on the New York World and set out to prove them all wrong. Oh, were they ever wrong!
This is a marvelous photobiography of a young, determined groundbreaking journalist. This is only the second I've read in the National Geographic photobiography series and I've been quite impressed with both of them. The story was well researched, well written and very interesting. I loved the way the author brought Nellie to life and felt an affinity for this almost forgotten woman. The book is peppered with period photographs, reproductions of ephemera, and has numerous informative sidebars. Perhaps the most interesting photographs were those of women working in factories. In the back of the book is a chronology, an index and additional recommended book, video, and website resources. This is an amazing photobiography that will appeal to young and old alike!