Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly
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Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly

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Bylines is the latest title from award-winning biographer Sue Macy. Nellie Bly was a pioneering American journalist who lived by the belief that "Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything." This credo took her from humble origins in Cochran’s Mill, Pennsylvania, a town named after her father, to the most exotic cities around the globe by the time she was...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Janet Frost
A Photobiography, perfect! Continuing on my picture book biographies journey this summer, I found this gem. The name Nellie Bly seemed vaguely familiar, but I really had no idea who she was. My husband thought she was a jazz singer, I thought maybe someone from the fateful Titanic. I was in about the right time period.
The fact is Nellie Bly was the pseudonym for Elizabeth Cochrane a ground-breaking female journalist at the turn-of-the-century (1900 not Y2K). She was a fascinating woman who had...more
Recommended Ages: grades 4 and up

Nellie Bly was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, in an age when many women led unassuming lives. Her life would make people sit up and take notice: When she wasn’t making history herself, she was writing about others who did. Rarely has anyone left a more detailed record of her place in the world than Nellie Bly. In a very public life, she shared her feelings and opinions through her writing and embraced the struggles of all classes of Americans who were fight...more
Bylines by Sue Macy is a OK book. It is about a girl named Elizabeth Cochran that goes by the name of Nellie. She wasn't a person that liked the way things were. She didn't like that girls weren't looked up to, they were meant for being there for there husbands and watching over the children. Nellie didn't like those rules though so she changed the world. Nellie went out to look for a job, she tried a job of being a teacher but it was to much money. Then she went to the newspaper people and aske...more
Sarah Wright
I adore Nellie Bly, and this book only increases my interest in my heroine. She watched her mother grow old in a horrible marriage and determined that wasn't for her. So, she becomes a newspaper reporter in the age where women were expected to fade to the background and be silent. However, Nellie decides instead to report on conditions in a notorious sanatorium by having herself committed. Later, she decides to break the record of traveling around the world by doing it all by herself, meeting Ju...more
I'm pretty sure that I read this last year and didn't really like it then either. How they managed to make Nellie Bly so boring I'll never understand.
This book goes a long way in educating the reader on Nellie Bly, myself included. It is a very thorough look into the the life of a little-known woman who opened MANY doors for women in the workplace. The photos were nice, as were the chronology, map of Bly's famous around the world trip, quotes, photos of realia from Bly's life, and the inclusion of her family history. Very good book.
I love discovering a new, real hero in a well-written biography. Nellie Bly lived an amazing life, writing exposes on social injustice for newspapers, traveling the world in less than 80 days back before flying was an option, supporting herself with her writing as an unmarried woman before women even had the right to vote. The one thing missing - more samples of Nellie's own writing.
Marguarite Markley
What an amazing woman! Nellie Bly, aka Elizabeth Cochrane, changed the face of American journalism. She paved the way for future female journalists. Bylines... is terribly well-written. Pages of text are alternated with enormous (most bigger than 8 1/2 x 11) photographs. Children and adults will be captivated by Nellie's story.
Margo Harpster
This book was just a taste of a biography of this fabulous woman. Her life was an excellent example for young women who want to make a difference and have a career in journalism. I loved her courage to go into the insane asylum for women to do her expose of conditions. I need to read a longer version!
Mar 27, 2013 Susan added it
Wow! I did not know how amazing Nellie Bly was. This is a wonderful book with really terrific pictures. Thank you, my public library, for having a display of books about women in the children's section for Women's History month. i learned a lot because of it.
A short an interesting biography of a woman I had never heard of before. Nellie Bly was one of the first female journalists to go undercover. She was adventurous yet also used her journalistic skills and connections to help others in need.
I liked the Childhood of Famous Americans book I read when I was like 9 better than this one. It just seemed flat. You could do an "Amazing Race" lesson based on her and Elizabeth Bisland, though. And her undercover reporting was remarkable.
Fascinating introduction to Nellie Bly's work, independence, and spirit. The pictures work well and the format well constructed. National Graphic has published a number of excellent books for a tween audience.
Another outstanding biography, replete with photographs, from National Geographic. Nellie Bly led a very interesting and dynamic life and the book contains lots of stories of her struggles and triumphs.
Jason Penckofer
A fantastic biography of Nellie Bly. Packed with wonderful information for reports, and interesting to read. Makes clear her importance in history. Includes a timeline of her life.
I nice biography about a trailblazing reporter. She spent her life bringing notice to the injustices of the world, particularly those against women.
Karley (Alexia Renee Knight)
its a biography what do expect me to give it 5 stars? this is my pop person so yaaaa i had to read it!
Brenda Kahn
Highly readable, accompanied by intriguing photos and plenty of suggestions for further reading.
Having never heard of Nellie Bly, this photobiography was pretty fascinating.
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