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January 17, 2009

Girls Who Rocked the World

Girls Who Rocked the World

Author: Amelie Welden

Page Length: 116

Reading Level: 6

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Girls Who Rocked the World is a book about 33 heroines ranging from Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.) to current tennis champion, Martina Hingis from Czechoslovakia.  To earn a place in the book, the women must meet two specific qualifications.  The first, achieve something extra ordinary while under the age of twenty.  The second, there had to be recorded information about the girl and her life. 

Some of the familiar names to the reader are: Joan of Arc, Sacagawea, Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Nadia Comaneci, and Sheryl Swoopes. However, most of the women have great accomplishments that are not recognized as a part of popular history.  The reader will read about poets, composers, rulers, entertainers, athletes, and scientists who achieved significant milestones as teens.

REVIEW: The selection of women the author included is excellent because she recognized women who lived over a long range of time, from many different countries, with diverse occupations.  At the end of each chapter, she included quotes from young girls of today who tell how they want to “rock the world”.  There is an excellent bibliography and list of additional recommended reading at the end of the book.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Character, Compare/Contrast, Historical Context, and Supporting Details

RELATED BOOKS: Herstory: Women Who Changed the World, Portraits of American Women, Rosa Parks, The Secret Soldier, Sojourner Truth, Remember the Ladies, Susana of the Alamo


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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