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No Girls Allowed by Susan Hughes
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Jul 05, 10

bookshelves: childrens, gender, graphic-novel, nonfiction, military
Read in July, 2010

The stories of 7 women who disguised themselves as men, told in graphic novel format.

There were stories in here I hadn't heard before. Of course I knew about Mulan, and I knew there were women who fought in the US Civil War.

I didn't know about the woman who reigned as pharaoh, or about James Barry, the doctor who was a woman. Or pirate Alfhild.

There's a good diversity of stories. They're told in chronological order, starting with the pharaoh and ending with the Civil War. They're from several different countries. They dressed as men for a variety of reasons. To help their family, to defend their country, to have a career, to escape from slavery, to seek adventure.

It left me wanting to know more. And there's even a handy bibliography at the end to help me out. Of course they're children's or YA books, but that doesn't bother me.
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