It’s Monday and here’s what I’m reading: May 6, 2013.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Jen and Kellee At Teach Mentor Texts

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Annastasia Suen at  Booktalking

David Adler’s Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is both a wonderful biography of Tubman, as well as a history of the abolition movement in which she played such an important role.  Tubman’s story is famous –  born a slave, she made her daring escape to freedom when she was a  young woman.  But, the plight of her people drove her back South time and time again as she returned in her role as conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading slaves to freedom in the North.  Adler’s book weaves Harriet’s remarkable story  together with the lives and work of other abolitionists, the story of secession and then the Civil War.  The illustrations and maps and pictures help to bring this time period alive – there is so much to learn!  

Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebel, Murderesses, Thieves and other Female Villains – the title alone made me want to read this book as soon as possible.  The cast of characters range from the well known (Delilah, Jezebel, Bonnie Parker and Typhoid Mary) to the obscure (Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner – Chicago’s Merry Murderesses? how did I miss those two??!).  In each case, Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple create vividly sketched out characters who seemed destined to be “bad.”  Each biographical segment is followed by a comic book style panel in which Yolen and Stemple (a mother-daughter writing duo) debate the merits of each bad girl… what makes a girl go bad? could it be the shoes??!   This book was such fun to read, and I know my sixth graders will be delighted to have it join our biography collection.
I was also happy to discover a Facebook page devoted to Bad Girls – hilarious posts and contributions for (perhaps) a sequel!

2 thoughts on “It’s Monday and here’s what I’m reading: May 6, 2013.

  1. Bad Girls sounds so much like my kind of read, dear Tara. I just checked – we have it in our public libraries here! And it seems to be soooo popular, almost all of the copies are out on loan! Looks like it will be a long wait for me. I also read Moses, the picture book biography of Harriet Tubman and enjoyed the Kadir Nelson artwork greatly. Tubman is an inspiration. 🙂

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