No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure
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.
JLG Release: Oct 2008
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)
Junior Library Guild
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.
6" x 9"
Level 3.9; Points: 1;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.7; Points: 5;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
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,