The true story of Nellie Bly, a bold woman, reporter, and adventurer who set a world record for her famous journey around the globe.
“Readers will thrill to this story of Bly’s daring 22,000 mile journey…” ?A Mighty Girl
Nellie Bly was a 19th century newspaper reporter for The New York World, but instead of writing about “ladylike” subjects like tea parties and charity balls, Nellie wrote about critical social problems of her day—poor job conditions, dilapidated housing, and dishonest politicians. If someone told her “It can’t be done, Nellie Bly,” she went right ahead and did it anyway.
So when Nellie read Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, she was inspired to circle the globe herself and attempt to beat the record of the fictional character Phileas Fogg. But would she go too far in her quest?
Young readers will cheer for Nellie Bly as she embarks on her 22,000-mile trip. Equipped only with one sturdy travel dress, a small satchel, and a pet monkey she picks up in Singapore, Bly travels by ship, train, and foot, experiencing incredible events and places—from a monsoon at sea to a leper colony in China. This delightful true story of a woman with an indomitable spirit will inspire a new generation of young women and adventurers.
Back matter includes additional information about Nellie Bly’s life.
Amelia Bloomer Project ?ALA Booklist, Feminist Task Force
Children’s Crown Award (Nominee) ?National Christian School Association