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No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

By: Susan Hughes

Illustrator: Willow Dawson

In ninth-century Scandinavia, Alfhild, a princess, became a Viking raider. In France in 1738, Esther Brandeau, a Jew, posed as a Catholic boy to gain passage to America. In nineteenth-century Scotland, a woman practiced medicine-as a man called James Barry. These and four other true stories of women who didn't allow gender inequality to stand in their way are presented in graphic-novel format. Afterword. Further reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781554531776

JLG Release: Oct 2008


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Egypt , Hatshetsup (ca , 1500 BC) , Royalty , Succession , Strong women , Girls dressing like boys , Mu Lan (ca , 600) , Military drafts , Victories , Honor , Alfhild (ca , 900) , Overprotective parents , Vikings , Pirates , Marriage , Esther Brandeau (ca , 1730s) , Persecution of Jews , Shipwrecks , The New World , James Barry (ca , 1795-1865) , Medical school , South Africa , Prison inspections , Ellen Craft (ca , 1826-ca , 1897) , Slavery , Love , Escape , Disguises , Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (1843-1864) , The Civil War , Poverty , The Union Army , Forced marches , Illness , Death

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Seven short comics present stories about women disguised as men throughout history. Figures sometimes considered apocryphal or legendary (Alfhild and Hua Mulan) are included alongside actual women with no differentiation, and many historically controversial assertions are stated as fact. Still, it's an enjoyable and unique presentation of little-kn Seven short comics present stories about women disguised as men throughout history. Figures sometimes considered apocryphal or legendary (Alfhild and Hua Mulan) are included alongside actual women with no differentiation, and many historically controversial assertions are stated as fact. Still, it's an enjoyable and unique presentation of little-known women's history. Reading list.

Junior Library Guild

Girls and boys will find these stories fascinating and thought-provoking. It’s always exciting to read about someone standing up for equality, but most of the women featured in this book did great things despite sexism, not to make a point about it, so the book is never didactic.

Every chapter opens with a map and an introduction
Girls and boys will find these stories fascinating and thought-provoking. It’s always exciting to read about someone standing up for equality, but most of the women featured in this book did great things despite sexism, not to make a point about it, so the book is never didactic.

Every chapter opens with a map and an introduction that efficiently explain the physical and historical setting of each tale. The graphic-novel layout makes the accounts accessible: the combination of pictures and dialogue brings the girls’ stories to life.

No Girls Allowed covers various time periods from 1500 BCE to 1867 CE. Susan Hughes notes that when she researched the book, “more recent examples of women disguising themselves as men are harder to come by. More commonly, women are now being promised equal treatment by law.” Surely the status women enjoy today is thanks, in part, to the actions of brave women—like the ones in this book—who paved the road toward equality. These inspiring tales will encourage readers to believe in the importance of their own actions and to learn more about those who made equal rights a reality.

Book Details

ISBN

9781554531776

First Release

October 2008

Genre

Biography.

Dewey Classification

806.77'80820922

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.9; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 5;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Kids Can

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Egypt, Hatshetsup (ca, 1500 BC), Royalty, Succession, Strong women, Girls dressing like boys, Mu Lan (ca, 600), Military drafts, Victories, Honor, Alfhild (ca, 900), Overprotective parents, Vikings, Pirates, Marriage, Esther Brandeau (ca, 1730s), Persecution of Jews, Shipwrecks, The New World, James Barry (ca, 1795-1865), Medical school, South Africa, Prison inspections, Ellen Craft (ca, 1826-ca, 1897), Slavery, Love, Escape, Disguises, Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (1843-1864), The Civil War, Poverty, The Union Army, Forced marches, Illness, Death,

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