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Women Daredevils

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Mabel Stark wrestled with tigers. Sonora Webster Carver plummeted forty feet on horseback into a tank of water. These and the eleven other women profiled in this book performed between 1880 and 1929, when females were expected to stay home and raise families, not entertain crowds with acts of derring-do. Their bravado ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 24th 2008 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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May 30, 2008 Nancy rated it it was ok
Cummins highlights ten women who performed a variety of dangerous stunts during the late 1800s and early 1900s. These women performed stunts for a number of reasons, with earning a living being one of the top ones. Stunts include going over Niagra Falls in a barrel, taming tigers, plane stunts, bareback circus riding stunts, and more. Perhaps the most amazing story included is that of Sonora Carver who performed high-diving on horseback from great heights into relatively shallow pools. Needless ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Kaethe added it
I've come to the conclusion that there need to be about a billion more books like this. In US society we tend to assume "man" for "default human". Further, we tend to assume white, anglo-saxon, protestant, not-disabled, straight, middle-or upper- class, etc. It doesn't matter that one doesn't have to fit any of those criteria to be newsworthy or historically interesting. What matters, I think, is reminding everyone again and again if need be, that plenty of people have achieved interesting lives ...more
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Jan 22, 2016 M Harris rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscellaneous
Never knew there were so many ahead-of-the-curve fearless women out there in the 1800s and 1900s.
Feb 23, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
If there's one thing I know about human beings it is this: They're much more likely to pay attention to you if they think you're about to get hurt. That's sort of the basis behind everything from the success of Harry Houdini to the extreme sports you run across on daytime TV. Basically, if someone thinks that you are mere moments from an untimely demise, they are MUCH more inclined to give you their money. Men have been doing stuff along those lines for years, but less lauded in today's Fear Fac ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
I had quite a bit of trouble appreciating the totality of the book. The topic is fun. But, there is an over-emphasis throughout the book on just how incredibly scandalous these daredevils were that it becomes really heavy-handed. I think I would have preferred to just read about their daring deeds and admire their courage and be reminded occasionally of their ahead-of-their-time personalities.

p. 9: The "example of how scandalous" it was for woman cannonball was that another performer, a man, pe
Jun 22, 2012 Nina added it
Name: Kristina Jewell

Title: Harness, C., & Cummins, J. (2008). Women daredevils: thrills, chills, and frills . United States of America: Dutton Children's Books.

Call Number: 920

Reference Type: Biographical Reference

Description: This book provides brief biographical references of women who were considered “daredevils”. The book utilizes images to entice readers in grades three through six.

Price: $17.99

Relevance and Relationship: The library currently has multiple biographies of male wrestler
Donna Johnson
Cummins, J. (2008). Women daredevils: Thrills, chills and frills. New York : Dutton Children's Books.

Citation by: Donna Johnson

Type of Reference: Biographical Reference

Call number: Ref 791

Content/Scope: This 48 page book features stories about ten women daredevils in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. There are several illustrations that are visually appealing. This book is suitable for students in 3rd through 6th grade.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Julie Cummins has written several books on hist
The Reading Countess
Sep 15, 2010 The Reading Countess rated it really liked it
Another book plucked from the plum pile of my school librarian's new book stash, Women Daredevils is hard to put down. The odd but irresistible tales of women not afraid to make a splash during a time that discouraged them. Who was the first person to go down Niagara Falls in a barrel (and survive?) A woman. Who was brave enough to have a high-diving horse show and take the heart pounding plunge? A woman. These tales and more await the reader looking for a strange trip back in time. I plan to pi ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I had never heard of most of these women before, so it was especially interesting for me. I liked how the author pointed out that not only did the women's feats draw crowds, but their skimpy costumes also drew crowds and criticism. All of the women in this book performed around the turn of the century, when showing even an ankle was scandalous. I'll bet the men liked it! I also liked the way the author talked at the end of the book about how she did the research on these people. Overall, an ente ...more
Abby Johnson
Feb 29, 2008 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
This interesting and informative book recalls the lives of ten of history's most spunky women. They were daredevils, putting on death-defying feats for the entertainment of others (and for their own thrills... or for fame and fortune in some cases). The women in this book were shot out of cannons, went over Niagara Falls in a barrel, danced the Charleston on the wings of an airplane, drove automobiles in loop-the-loops, or rode horses diving off platforms into a pool of water. And so much more. ...more
A fun non-fiction read that will appeal to boys as well as girls. While these women are not widely known, they have lack of fear in common. Individual chapters work well as read-alouds. Cummins' chatty writing style is perfect for the topic. Notes and a timeline putting the women into context with other (better known) women achievers are a nice touch. Harness' illustrations are action-packed, just like these ladies' lives.
Heather S
Sequoyah nominee: 2010-2011 (Children's)
Reading Counts Reading Level: 11.0 or 11.4 (attempting to resolve discrepancy)
Lexile: NC1140
Booklist Age Recommendation: Grades 3-6
*Good for students with high reading levels
*Book has an extremely high lexile score for the interest level
Aug 01, 2008 Tara rated it liked it
Interesting book about early women daredevils (especially the chapter on the girl who "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" is based on)...
Jun 17, 2008 Kristin rated it liked it
great book about women in history.. and boys will like it too!
Jul 12, 2008 Sheila rated it really liked it
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What a fun book to read!
Jan 19, 2009 Jean rated it it was ok
This is a quick read that can be handed to kids who need a non-fiction book for a report. I think it will interest boys as well as girls if you can get them past the title.
Apr 01, 2015 Jen rated it it was ok
I guess daredevils just aren't my thing because I just wasn't impressed.
Kids who like history and/or death-defying stunts should like this one as well.
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Julie Cummins has milked cows and climbed silos, ridden subways and lived in a high-rise. She currently lives in New York City, where she has a spectacular view of the Empire State Building, and vacations in the country, where she enjoys the lake views.
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