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Wheels of Change


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Sue Macy is the author of Bulls-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley; Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympic;, Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics; Play Like A Girl: A Celebration of Women in Sports; Winning Ways: A Photohistory of Amercian Women in Sports; and A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She brings a consciousness of the history of women in sport to the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and carries this mythic and historic figure gracefully into modern light. She has won numerous awards and starred reviews for her books. Winning Ways and A Whole New Ball Game were both named ALA Best Books for Young Adults and NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies.


Gr 6-9-Mac's informative and interesting look (National Geographic, 2011) at the history of the bicycle chronicles not only the development of this self-propelled contraption, but also its liberating effect on the lives of women. Listeners will be amazed to learn about the lack of rights afforded women in the late 1800s. In an era characterized by restriction, the bicycle helped to liberate women by giving them the ability to travel without supervision, earn a living, and break loose from societal constraints. The author provides intriguing facts, such as how Katharine Wright, sister of Orville and Wilbur, assisted in the design and development of bicycles in their now famous bicycle shop. Meredith Orlow's narration provides excellent pacing, and her engaging tone will maintain listeners' attention. Pair the audio with the book so students don't miss the delightful photos and illustrations of early cycle concepts, attire, and advertisements. This is a brilliant high-interest nonfiction choice that will encourage plenty of discussion about the bumpy road these courageous women rode as they forged the way for future generations.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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