The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

By: Frances Poletti

Kristina Yee

Illustrator: Susanna Chapman

When Bobbi Gibb saw the Boston Marathon her mind was set—she had to be part of it. This picture book tells the true story of how she broke the rules in 1966, and through grit and determination, changed the world. Further information about Bobbi Gibb. Time line. Full-color illustrations rendered in soy inks.

ISBN: 9781943200474

JLG Release: Oct 2017

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Bobbi Gibb (1942– ) , Boston, Massachusetts , Sports , Recreation , Running , Female runners , Boston Marathon , Social activists , Family life , Female athletes

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Awards & Honors

2018 Amelia Bloomer List: Early Readers, Nonfiction
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Book Details



First Release

October 2017



Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10 3/4" x 9"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 3.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 3;


Level 600L


Print Book


Hardcover edition



Potentially Sensitive Areas



Bobbi Gibb (1942– ), Boston, Massachusetts, Sports, Recreation, Running, Female runners, Boston Marathon, Social activists, Family life, Female athletes,

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