Molly, by Golly!

The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter

By Dianne Ochiltree; Kathleen Kemly (Illustrator)
(Calkins Creek Books, Hardcover, 9781590787212, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

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Description
This legendary tale introduces young readers to Molly Williams, an African American cook for New York City's Fire Company 11, who is considered to be the first known female firefighter in U.S. history. One winter day in 1818, when many of the firefighting volunteers are sick with influenza and a small wooden house is ablaze, Molly jumps into action and helps stop the blaze, proudly earning the nickname Volunteer Number 11. Relying on historic records and pictures and working closely with firefighting experts, Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly not only bring this spunky and little-known heroine to life but also show how fires were fought in early America.



About the Author
Dianne Ochiltree is the author of several award-winning picture books for the very young, including Ten Monkey Jamboree, Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins for Margaret K. McElderry Books and Lull-a-Bye, Little One for G.P. Putnam's Sons. Dianne lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her family and pets in a house by the bay. You can visit her at ochiltreebooks.com.

Sean Callahan has written five books for children. He works a day job as a business reporter. He also was the founding editor of "Masters Athlete" magazine. Before that he was a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. His freelance journalism has appeared in the "New York Times Magazine", Salon.com, and "Notre Dame Magazine". He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
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