The Daring Nellie Bly

The Daring Nellie Bly

America's Star Reporter

By Bonnie Christensen

Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375815683, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 14, 2003


From the award-winning picture book biographer of Woody Guthrie comes the inspirational story of Nellie Bly. Born in 1864, during a time in which options were extremely limited for women, Nellie defied all expectations and became a famous newspaper correspondent. Her daring exploits included committing herself to an infamous insane asylum in New York City to expose the terrible conditions there and becoming the first American war correspondent of either sex to report on the front lines of Austria during World War I. In 1889, Nellie completed her most publicized stunt, her world-famous trip around the world in just 72 days, beating the record of Jules Vernes’ fictional hero in Around the World in 80 Days.

With an informative text and pen-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of the graphic style of the late 1800s, The Daring Nellie Bly captures the independent spirit of America’s first star reporter, Nellie Bly.

About the Author

Bonnie Christensen is the award-winning author-illustrator of Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People. She also illustrated the Folio Society’s limited edition of The Grapes of Wrath and several children’s books, including Moon Over Tennessee: A Boy’s Civil War Journal.

Praise For The Daring Nellie Bly

★ “Perfect for read-alouds, the book gives just enough information to tell a good tale, while providing inspiration for the curious to seek out more material about this fascinating woman.”—School Library Journal, Starred

“Christensen crafts an intriguing introduction to a larger-than-life figure in this attractive picture book biography.“—Publishers Weekly