Nellie Bly

From the Series Before They Were Famous
  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Nellie Bly was known as an investigative reporter, but what about before that? Find out what happened when Bly was younger, and what she did that made her famous later on.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 70.4
Lexile 820L
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Guided Reading Level T
Language English
Subjects History, Social Studies
Genres Biography, Nonfiction
Publisher Crabtree Publishing
Imprint Crabtree Crown
Copyright 2023
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
Graphics Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs
BISACS JNF046000, JNF007030, JNF007120

Nellie Bly - Reviewed by Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

This attractive book from the Before They Were Famous series (6 titles) introduces 20-year-old Elizabeth Cochran, who wrote an engaging letter to the Pittsburgh Dispatch complaining that the newspaper ignored women’s viewpoints. She was hired to fill that gap. Given the byline Nellie Bly, she began writing articles, which were well received. She sometimes went undercover as a journalist, gaining access to a sweatshop and a mental institution and revealing the inhumane conditions in each. Sent to Mexico as a reporter, she criticized the government and, threatened with imprisonment, fled the country. The text highlights Bly’s experiences during the 1880s, before her around-the-world-in-72-days assignment made her famous. Krensky portrays Bly as a confident woman who took personal risks in order to expose corruption. The concise, simply written main text, short “Fun Facts,” and illustrations appear within separate boxes superimposed on backgrounds suggesting vintage wallpapers, textiles, and newspaper pages. Featuring multilayered collages of printed elements, original drawings, and archival pictures, manuscripts, and photos, the pages have a fresh, appealing look. An inviting introduction to Nellie Bly.

Author: Stephen Krensky

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Educational front/back matter
Glossary of key words
Note to parents and educators
Primary-source text
Table of contents
Teaching guides
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs