Alice Across America
The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip
Writer Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrator Gilbert Ford's Alice Across America is a nonfiction picture book account of maverick Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive a car across America in 1909.
When Alice Ramsey was little, she loved to ride horses. As she grew up, more people were driving cars. From the moment Alice slid behind the wheel, she was crazy about cars. So when the Maxwell-Briscoe Company challenged her to drive one of their new cars across the country as a promotional ploy to prove that even a lady could do it, Alice daringly accepted. With several women by her side, these brazen drivers sustained many hardships over the course of a remarkable two-month journey and far surpassed all expectations.
With a clever blend of women’s history, technological history, and American roading geography, this is a celebration of unstoppable women making strides in twentieth-century America.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Praise For Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip…
"A fun and fascinating story that includes many favorites: cars, strong women, and little-known historical facts. A must-have for a school or public library collection." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Will draw in those interested in cars, history, and/or women's rights with its straightforward yet energetic text and stylized illustrations. A fine choice that showcases a strong woman inspired to succeed."—Kirkus Reviews
"Focusing on a little-known slice of history, this is a solid addition to nonfiction picture-book collections." —Booklist
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781250297020, 48pp.
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
About the Author
Gilbert Ford holds a BFA in illustration from Pratt Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author-illustrator of How the Cookie Crumbled and The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring, which is a Best STEM Book of the year, and has illustrated many New York Times-bestselling middle grade jackets, as well as the award-winning picture book Mr. Ferris and His Wheel. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.