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"Caroline Paul’s inspiring and sometimes astonishing stories of the adventures that she and other great women have undertaken, alongside Wendy MacNaughton’s beautiful illustrations, make The Gutsy Girl the book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all ages." ―Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

"The perfect book for young feminists, or really any woman who needs a dose of inspiration in her life . . . Viva la Gutsy Girl!" ―Buzzfeed

"Part high-energy how-to guide, part hilarious memoir, and part interactive adventure journal designed to help girls of all ages build confidence, pluck, and bravery by venturing outside." ―Outside Magazine

"Paul encourages readers--girls, specifically--to pursue lives of excitement in a book that blends elements of memoir, guidebook, and journal." ―Publishers Weekly

"Delightful . . . There’s a lot here that will thrill any girl--or boy--of any age." San Francisco Chronicle

"If Pippi Longstocking and Sheryl Sandberg got together and penned a book for tween girls, this brilliantly written and illustrated gem would be it." ―Parent.co

"An incredible book for raising ‘gutsy’ girls and a must-read for adventurous women . . . Paul’s book will convince any woman that she, too, is destined for a life of epic adventure--whether it’s in the woods or in the boardroom." ―Quartz.com

"A must for inspiring girls of all ages--young and young at heart." ―Stanford Magazine

"Paul's exuberant prose is made even better by Wendy MacNaughton's charming illustrations, which help place us in the adrenaline-fueled scenes . . . An adventure tome, field manual, journal, and self-help book all in one, Gutsy makes an excellent gift for girls graduating elementary school, though it's a good read for anyone. The book aims to help young women widen their comfort zone, face fear, and manage insecurity." - Sierra

“[Lost Cat] is revelatory . . . it moves easily and hilariously from one sentence and chapter to the next . . . it's ingeniously crafted . . . a fiercely charming narrative that sneaks up on a reader, just as the best fantastical books do . . . Lost Cat is an incredibly endearing work, a snapshot of the madness of loving and agonizing over and chasing after animals.” ―Jillian Steinhauer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, on LOST CAT

“An uncommonly charming and wise tale.” ―Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, on LOST CAT

“This playful, quirky book is like a cat that climbs into your lap and purrs; it's impossible not to love it.” ―Gayle Brandeis, San Francisco Chronicle, on LOST CAT

“A tender, imaginative memoir infused with equal parts humor and humanity . . . an absolute treat from cover to cover.” ―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings, on LOST CAT

About the Author

Caroline Paul is the author of You Are Mighty, a young person's guide to changing the world, and Lost Cat, A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, as well as the memoir Fighting Fire and the novel East Wind, Rain. She is a longtime member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Wendy MacNaughton is a New York Times bestselling illustrator whose books include Lost Cat, Pen & Ink, Knives & Ink, and Meanwhile in San Francisco. They live in San Francisco.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury USA; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 160 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1632861232
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1632861238
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 - 13 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.41 x 0.96 x 8.56 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for girls and grown women too
By Sarah S. Harbin on March 17, 2016
I originally bought several copies of this book for gifts for most of the girls that I know. Then I read the whole thing, cover to cover in one night because I could not put it down, and had to go get several more copies for all the adult women that I know too. Pretty sure I have bought at least 10 of these for girls and women of all ages. I wish I could go back in time and read this when I was about 10 years old. It's fun, it's clever, it's super encouraging while also being honest and self-deprecating at times. Caroline weaves in great stories from her own life with inventive ideas for ways to live your life with courage and an eye for adventure. There are also little illustrated factoids about amazing women throughout history sprinkled through the book. The illustrations are charming and witty and add an extra depth to the book that will make it a keepsake for many readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good motivation for young teens.
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