Noyes, Deborah Ten Days a Madwoman, 122 pgs. Viking, 2016. $18.99 Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.
A twenty-year old Nellie Bly wanted to make a name for herself as a credible woman reporter. She was tired of the limits placed on women in journalism, with the news topics staying in traditional female roles, such as fashion and recipes. Looking for a job in New York, she posed as an insane woman in order to get inside Blackwell Insane Asylum and report on the conditions there. The story she acquired there pushed her career into the public’s eye and she reported many exciting stories from then on.
This book is a pretty complete, yet simple, biography about Nellie Bly. Although the title implies that it will be about her time inside the asylum, that was a small part of her whole life story. Nellie Bly made many important social challenges known to the public and was an interesting historical figure. The format of this book is a bit jostled because it flashes between the news stories she is working on and her past. I think it would be a great addition to your library especially if your students have to do biographies.
MS, HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.