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No Girls Allowed

Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Willow Dawson

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list price: $12.99
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Aug 2008
ISBN:9781554531783
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

A female pharaoh? A woman general in the Kahn's army? A female Viking raider? No way, you say? Look again. Appearances can be deceiving ...

Based on legends, poems, letters and first-hand accounts, these seven biographical tales tell of women who disguised themselves as men. From ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the 19th century, this historically accurate graphic treatment is perfect to transport readers back to bygone eras. The lives of these daring women were often filled with danger and the fear of discovery. However, for the sake of freedom, ambition, love or adventure, these women risked everything. No Girls Allowed brings a contemporary edge to a part of history largely untold - until now.

About the Authors

Susan Hughes

SUSAN HUGHES is the author of over 30 children’s books, and a freelance editor and story coach. She lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. Find out more about Susan and her books at www.susanhughes.ca.
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Willow Dawson is an award-winning author and illustrator originally from Vancouver, B.C. Her last name means "son of the daw," which is short for jackdaw, a type of blackbird. Willow's books include The Wolf-Birds, Avis Dolphin, Hyena in Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, Lila and Ecco's DIY Comics Club, and No Girls Allowed. Dawson also visits schools and libraries regularly and teaches "Creating Comics and Graphic Novels" at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto, ON with her partner and their two children.
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Contributor Notes

Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Willow Dawson is an illustrator and writer working out of Toronto, Ontario. Her recent work includes No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure and Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Awards
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

No Girls Allowed is simultaneously edgy and rounded, an instant hit of innovative storytelling.—CM Magazine


... the stories in this graphic novel are as exciting as they are motivational.—Library Media Connection


... Hughes's simple language and Dawson's clean, black-and-white ink drawings steer the work in the same no-nonsense direction and do an adequate job of presenting this uniquely themed offering.—Kirkus Reviews

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No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

Hatshepsut, a princess determined to be a pharaoh. Mu Lan, a daughter ready to bear arms for her father. Margaret Buckley, a student eager to become a surgeon. What did these women have in common? Each one was told “no girls allowed,” and none of them listened. Includes an afterword and bibliography.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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