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Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon



by
Annette Bay Pimentel
illustrated by
Micha Archer

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9781101996683

Awards and Honors
Red Clover Award 2019—2020 Nominee
2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Non-Fiction for Young Readers
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events
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When Bobbi Gibb tried to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, she was told it was a man's race. She set out to show the world just what a woman could do. Afterword. “Note on Names.” Selected bibliography. Oil and collage illustrations using tissue paper and patterned papers created with homemade stamps.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

9" x 10 3/4"

Dewey

796.42/52092 B

AR

3.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD580L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

3

JLG Release

May 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Roberta Louise Gibb (1942– ). Boston Marathon. Women runners. Athletes. Biography. Women athletes. Endurance. Perseverance.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Bobbi Gibb found joy in running before it was an activity women were encouraged or even allowed to participate in. Faced with enormous obstacles (including having available running gear), Gibb went on to become the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, blazing the trail for thousands of women to come. The story does justice to Gibb’s dream, although additional contextual details may have helped foster a richer understanding. For example, there is no mention of the year during which the story takes place (1966) until the book’s afterword. Gibb’s age is also unclear. On the very first page she is an adolescent, but the work soon transitions into her running across the country and entering the Boston Marathon as an adult without clear indication that many years have passed. The lush collage-style illustrations are a highlight, specifically the clever mile marker and elevation indicators which stretch across the pages as Gibb runs the race. The closing image nicely incorporates the names of other female marathoners as a tribute. VERDICT An inspiring addition to picture book biography collections.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Bobbi Gibb found joy in running before it was an activity women were encouraged or even allowed to participate in. Faced with enormous obstacles (including having available running gear), Gibb went on to become the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon, blazing the trail for thousands of women to come. The story does justice to Gibb’s dream, although additional contextual details may have helped foster a richer understanding. For example, there is no mention of the year during which the story takes place (1966) until the book’s afterword. Gibb’s age is also unclear. On the very first page she is an adolescent, but the work soon transitions into her running across the country and entering the Boston Marathon as an adult without clear indication that many years have passed. The lush collage-style illustrations are a highlight, specifically the clever mile marker and elevation indicators which stretch across the pages as Gibb runs the race. The closing image nicely incorporates the names of other female marathoners as a tribute. VERDICT An inspiring addition to picture book biography collections.—Alyssa Annico, Youngstown State University, OH

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