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Brazen : rebel ladies who rocked the world
2018
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Through characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, a celebrated graphic novelist profiles the lives of formidable female role models—some world famous, some little known—including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Josephine Baker, Naziq al-Abid and many others, in an entertaining, comic-style biography that is sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies. Simultaneous. - (Baker & Taylor)

Profiles inspiring women--some who are world famous and some who are little knownin graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, and Naziq al-Abid. - (Baker & Taylor)

2019 Eisner Award Winner for Best U.S. Edition of International Material

Throughout history and across the globe, one characteristic connects the daring women of Brazen: their indomitable spirit.

With her characteristic wit and dazzling drawings, celebrated graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu profiles the lives of these feisty female role models, some world famous, some little known. From Nellie Bly to Mae Jemison or Josephine Baker to Naziq al-Abid, the stories in this comic biography are sure to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies.

This title has Common Core connections.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Author Biography

Pénélope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin’. She blogs, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows. - (McMillan Palgrave)

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Horn Book Guide Reviews

French artist Bagieu's brief vignettes of sequential comics art expose readers to brazen women of all fields, times, and places, both famous and little-known. Each entry gives just enough information about each heroine to know who she was and why she was important; many readers will dig deeper from here. Occasional humor makes even the most tragic stories approachable. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—French cartoonist Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse; California Dreamin') offers 29 compelling biographies of renowned female artists, scientists, athletes, explorers, activists, and warriors. While much-profiled women such as reporter Nellie Bly and astronaut Mae Jemison appear here, so do less recognized names, including pioneering gynecologist Agnodice (active around 350 BCE in Athens); Christine Jorgensen, one of the first people from the United States to receive gender reassignment surgery; Liberian social worker Leymah Gbowee; and Syrian aristocrat-turned-activist Naziq al-Abid. Each entry covers the subject's life from birth to period of activity and, where applicable, death, across about six pages of delicately drawn panels with colorful highlights and washes. The work features humorously anachronistic props, such as modern books, as well as accurate depictions (smoking, drinking). The minimal dialogue is largely invented; declarations and thoughts are couched in distinctly 21st-century argot. The women range in age from girls to older adults at their high points of recognition and are geographically diverse. There are no source notes, but there's enough information, including dates, national origin, and married as well as birth surnames, to spur curious teens to seek out more details. VERDICT A strikingly original collective biography for casual readers, students, and those looking for inspiration in their own lives.—Francisca Goldsmith, Library Ronin, Worcester, MA

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Table of Contents

Clementine Delait, Bearded Lady
1(10)
Nzinga, Queen of Ndongo and Matamba
11(8)
Margaret Hamilton, Terrifying Actress
19(10)
Las Mariposas, Rebel Sisters
29(10)
Josephina van Gorkum, Obstinate Lover
39(8)
Lozen, Warrior and Shaman
47(8)
Annette Kellerman, Mermaid
55(10)
Delia Akeley, Explorer
65(8)
Josephine Baker, Dancer, French Resistance Fighter, Matriarch
73(10)
Tove Jansson, Painter, Creator of Trolls
83(10)
Agnodice, Gynecologist
93(8)
Leymah Gbowee, Social Worker
101(12)
Giorgina Reid, Lighthouse Keeper
113(8)
Christine Jorgensen, Reluctant Celebrity
121(12)
Wu Zetian, Empress
133(10)
Temple Grandin, Animal Whisperer
143(12)
Sonita Alizadeh, Rapper
155(12)
Cheryl Bridges, Athlete
167(12)
Therese Clerc, Utopian Realist
179(10)
Betty Davis, Singer-Songwriter
189(10)
Nellie Bly, Journalist
199(12)
The Shaggs, Rock Stars
211(10)
Katia Krafft, Volcanologist
221(10)
Jesselyn Radack, Lawyer
231(10)
Hedy Lamarr, Actress and Inventor
241(12)
Naziq al-Abid, Activist Aristocrat
253(10)
Frances Glessner Lee, Crime Miniaturist
263(10)
Mae Jemison, Astronaut
273(10)
Peggy Guggenheim, Lover of Modern Art
283

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