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Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference

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The adventures of eight inspiring women of the twentieth century.

Mary Gibson Henry risked her life following her passion for new botanical species. During the Civil War, Katharine Wormeley worked aboard hospital ships and helped to save the lives of many sick and wounded soldiers. With a promise and a dollar and a half, Mary McLeod Bethune opened a school for African Ameri
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Penny Coleman used extensive research to write historical essays on women who stepped outside of the normal expectations for women during their times and strove to make a positive impact on American history. Coleman states her reason for writing the book was not to push men’s accomplishments out of historical records but to add women into their rightful place. Coleman embellishes history by providing records of facts; deeds accomplished by women that have been overlooked for many years.
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Melody Lien
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Penn Coleman writes a beautiful novel about the lives of eight women in the 19th century. Her objective was to tell a story about women in history and to do this she did extensive research on the historical time period. The eight women are; Louise, who explores the artic, Mary, botanist, Juana, Spanish landowner, Alice, medical researcher, Mary, educator, Katherine, Civil War nurse, and Peggy, a reporter. All of these women show strength despite their occupations, ethnic backgrounds. She speaks ...more
Alyssa Becker
Adventurous Women: Eight True Stories About Women Who Made a Difference; written by Penny Colman; Copyright 2006, 186 pg.
*Nonfiction #2: Collective Biography*

Through this collection of biographies we learn about 8 successful, brave women. These biographies include those of Luise Boyd, an Arctic Explorer; Mary Gibson Henry, a plant hunter; Juana Briones, a business head; Alice Hamilton, a detective; Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator; Katharine Wormeley, a superintendent; Biddy Mason, a firefighter
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The nonfiction book Adventurous Women: Eight Stories about Women Who Made a Difference is a fascinating and inspirational collection of stories, essays, and letters that unfold the lives of eight notable women. Penny Colman makes the stories of these early Americans come alive again with skillful prose and intriguing facts. Her addition of photographs, artistic renderings, diary entries, maps, and documents adds another dimension to the text and makes the nonfiction experience much more enjoyabl ...more
Sarah Dobson
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Penny Colman insightfully tells the stories of eight women who defied societal norms and achieved unprecedented success during the 20th century. This nonfictional book includes the accomplishments of a diverse group of women including: Louise Boyd, an Arctic explorer; Mary Gibson Henry, a botanist; Juana Briones, an entrepreneur and matriarch; Alice Hamilton, a scientist and toxicologist; Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and humanitarian; Katharine Wormeley, a Civil War superintendent; Biddy Mas ...more
Colman’s biographies are of these eight women are written in essay style. The women came from different backgrounds geographically, financially, and racially, but they are all 19th century pioneers. All of the women broke barriers and stereotypes of what a woman should be. The subjects include women who traveled far and wide into dangerous situations: Louise Boyd, Mary Gibson Henry, and Peggy Hull. Some of the women fought for their own rights and the rights of others: Alice Hamilton and Mary M ...more
Lauren Alexander
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these incredible women. I found it to be very inspirational and it was nice to read stories about the differences these women made. The book is a collection of essays, letters and stories that reveal fascinating stories of remarkable woman, some that I had not even heard of before I read this book. The book is full of pictures, artwork, journal entries that create a scrapbook feeling. I really enjoyed reading this and it gave me new a new insight into the incre ...more
Rachelle Lambert
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This presents students with new heroes. Furthermore, it can allow to students to see that heroes are not necessarily those bigger-than-life figures, but rather we have heroes in our everyday life that don’t necessarily get the glory they deserve. Although I loved the content of this book, I believe its tone is too dry for a young adult literature novel. The book can be helpful for activities such as projects and biographies, but I wouldn’t categorize it as a Young Adult Literature novel as I am ...more
Todd Kruse
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
While written for a younger (than me) audience I still enjoyed learning about these women. I read it so I could share it with our 10 year old daughter (content approved by me though the short Civil War letters about battle casualties should be noted - not gruesome just reality).

The story of Biddy Mason - a former slave who could not read or write but who became a community icon in California is a reminder to all of us to count the time and talents we have been granted in our lives.

Apr 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just the kind of inspiration I needed. Clara started this book and I got so interested that I read it too. Very interesting in a light and factual way. From Louis Boyd's arctic exploratory adventures to Juana Briones' strength in land ownership in early Northern CA years, I loved reading about these strong, courageous, smart women.
Apr 10, 2009 rated it liked it
This book gives a fairly good look at eight adventurous women's lives. I especially enjoyed reading about Alice Hamilton, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Katherine Wormeley. It was inspiring to read about all that these women accomplished, especially with the obstacles they faced.
Ameya Warde
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, quick read about some amazing women that ive never heard of before!
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