Nomination: Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats

Julie Cummins.
Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats. Illus. by Cheryl Harness. 2012. 48p. Penguin Group/Dial Books for Young Readers, $17.99 (978-0-8037-3713-6). Gr. 3 and up.

Ten feisty females, all born before the turn of the last century, defy cultural norms and become explorers of exotic and remote lands.  Their amazing and daring adventures are all the more remarkable by the taboos they ignored and their determination to follow their dreams.  The short essays are enhanced with delightful illustrations and an author’s note which names more women who left their mark in the history of exploration.

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