Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 9
- Grade: k to 4
A picture book biography by an award-winning team about the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world
One day, a girl gets on her motorcycle and rides away. She wants to wander the world. To go . . . Elsewhere. This is the true story of the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world alone. Each place has something to teach her. Each place is beautiful. And despite many flat tires and falls, she learns to always get back up and keep riding.
Award-winning author Amy Novesky and Governor General's Award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad have teamed up for a spectacular celebration of girl power and resilience.
About the authors
Amy Novesky is the author of Georgia in Hawaii and Me, Frida, which won the Pura Belpré Honor Award and was an ALA Notable Book. She lives in San Francisco. www.amynovesky.com.
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★ "On more subtle display is the goodness Dautheville finds in people everywhere she travels, effectively demonstrating the beauty of cultures different from our own." --Booklist, starred review
★ "Morstad’s sophisticated, retro-chic artwork lovingly evokes the time frame dictated by the real life adventures of French writer Anne-France Dautheville, first woman to go around the world by motorcycle . . . The result is part documentary, part dreamscape with strong crossover appeal for fans of history and of romantic adventure, all of whom will find their curiosity assuaged in an endnote that explores Dautheville’s experience (complete with photographic confirmation) and Novesky’s own dream-chasing research and interview." --BCCB, starred review
"For picture book collections aimed at older readers, this is likely to touch something profound in teen or preteen lovers of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as well as those who hear the siren call of travel."--School Library Journal
"A lovely tribute to both the pioneering motorcyclist and the joys of the open road." --The Horn Book
"A testimony to fearlessness that challenges traditional gender expectations." --Publishers Weekly
Other titles by Amy Novesky
Other titles by Julie Morstad
Swan (international pb)
The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Time is a Flower
Where You Came from
It Began With a Page
How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
House of Dreams: The Life of L. M. Montgomery
This is Sadie
A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli