Ten Days a Madwoman

Ten Days a Madwoman : The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly

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The compelling and true story of how one truly dedicated journalist admitted herself to an asylum to write a groundbreaking expose. Young Nellie Bly had ambitious goals, especially for a woman at the end of the nineteenth century, when the few female journalists were relegated to writing columns about cleaning or fashion. But fresh off a train from Pittsburgh, Nellie knew she was destined for more and pulled a major journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame: feigning insanity, being committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell's Island, and writing a shocking expose of the clinic's horrific treatment of its patients. Nellie Bly became a household name and raised awareness of political corruption, poverty, and abuses of human rights. Leading an uncommonly full life, Nellie circled the globe in a record seventy-two days and brought home a pet monkey before marrying an aged millionaire and running his company after his death.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 175 x 226 x 13mm | 227g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0147508746
  • 9780147508744
  • 1,247,251

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Praise for"Ten Days a Madwoman" "Noyes' vivid storytelling throws us headfirst into Nellie Bly's inspiring work and incredibly daring adventures." Steve Sheinkin, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor winning author of "Bomb "and "The Port Chicago 50" "Ten Days a Madwoman"thrilled and terrified me at the same time. I d heard of Nellie Bly as a crusading reporter, but had no idea how daring, impetuous, and smart she was.I ve got a new hero. Elizabeth Partridge, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor winning author of"John Lennon"and"This Land Was Made for You and Me" Noyes delivers a riveting narrative of one of our cleverest and most resourceful heroines, zeroing in on Nellie Bly s first expose, and putting us right in the madhouse alongside sane women being driven crazy. Tanya Lee Stone, Sibert Medalist and NAACP Image Award winning author of"Almost Astronauts"and"Courage Has No Color" In"Ten Days a Madwoman," Deborah Noyes gives us a compelling portrait of Nellie Bly, the audacious young reporter who risked her own safety to expose social injustice. Vividly written and gorgeously illustrated, the book brings fully to life a heroine of her time and ours. Matthew Goodman, bestselling author of"Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland s History-Making Race Around the World" "Plenty of pizzazz. The brisk narrative draws from Bly's own writings and from biographies, skillfully incorporating quotations, dialogue, and well-chosen facts. The overall tone is admiring, but the balanced text also acknowledges criticism of her kind of "stunt" reporting and touches briefly on problems in her personal life. . . A lively biography that reflects the spirit of the intrepid reporter." "Kirkus" Praise for Deborah Noyes s"One Kingdom" - An American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults - An ASPCA/Henry Bergh Award Winner - A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age An astonishingly well-written book: profound and hopeful. In a world in which our lives overlap with animals' more and more infrequently, Deb Noyes gives us humans plenty to think about. Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist and Emmy Award-winning television producer and host for Animal Planet and Discovery Communications Elegant, lyrically written, and thought-provoking, "One Kingdom"will challenge and illuminate both the bond and the distance we feel between ourselves and the Others on this Earth. Deb Noyes respect and affection for her subject and her readers shines on every page, and her insightful observations and penetrating questions resonate like the best poetry. Sy Montgomery, author of"Search for the Golden Moon Bear," "The Good Good Pig," and the 2005 Sibert Honor Winner"The Tarantula Scientist" This approach asks for the kind of critical thinking seldom demanded by young adult nonfiction, and Noyes offers questions but not answers or judgments. She digresses, adds sidebars and full-page asides, and inserts herself into the narrative as she becomes a partner in a free-wheeling inquiry with the reader. Handsome black-and-white photos of various animals allow for moments of contemplation. "The Horn Book" A good nonfiction pleasure read for older teens. "VOYA" Readers will find the provocative questions Noyes raises compelling and challenging, and the lyrical, urgent prose, along with beautiful black-and-white photos of the animals up close, will draw serious readers and browsers alike a fascinating, unusual volume. "Booklist" A thoughtful and conceptual book about natural history. . . Its probing, contemplative approach has a maturity that will appeal to serious young readers, who will find this a thought-provoking introduction to a rich field of cultural consideration. Elegant formatting draws on period-art overlays, boxed features, and imagistic black-and-white photographs for an artistic and sophisticated look. "BCCB"(recommended) A browser's delight. "School Library Journal""
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About Deborah Noyes

Deborah Noyes is the author of nonfiction and fiction for young readers and adults, including Encyclopedia of the End: Mysterious Death in Fact, Fancy, Folklore, and More, One Kingdom: Our Lives with Animals, and The Ghosts of Kerfol. She has also compiled and edited the short story anthologies Gothic!, The Restless Dead, and Sideshow. She would like to slide down banisters for a living, but writing is the next best thing.
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