Wild Women of the Wild West

Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter, Holiday House, 2011

Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter, Holiday House, 2011

Annie Oakley could shoot a gun better than any man in the Wild West.  Mary Fields hauled stones and lumber. When one man challenged her, she beat him in a gunfight. Time after time, Poly Pry, a newspaper reporter, risked her life when she exposed bad guys and wrote the truth. And Sarah Winnemucca, daughter of a Paiute chief, fought in battle, negotiated peace between Indians and settlers, and gained civil rights for her people.

Biographical sketches, color portraits and sepia line drawings reveal the accomplishments of sixteen amazing women whose adventurous spirit helped build our nation.

“Winter and Guevara offer 16 portraits–his in lively, straight-shooting prose; hers in stoic watercolor-and-ink–of women who made their names in the lawless years of the Wild West.  From familiar figures like Calamity Jane and outlaw Belle Starr to less well-known women like reporter Polly Pry and Crow warrior, The-Other-Magpie, the book’s subjects are varied, fascinating, and, as Winter puts it,”some of the bravest people int he world.”  Girls looking for new historical heroes will find some great options in these pages.” –Publisher’s Weekly