Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World

Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World

Book - 2001
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Firefly Books Ltd

When she was just sixteen years old, Marilyn Bell stepped into the icy waters of Lake Ontario and became the first woman in history to swim it. She then went on to become the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel. Her achievements changed the world's ideas about women's athletic abilities and endurance. Grammy-award winning singer Alanis Morissette had the top-selling album in history by a female singer at the age of 21. And these are just two of the Canadian girls who rocked the world.


  • Our Choice (Awarded by the Canadian Children's Book Centre)
    2003 - Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World
  • Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Award
    2003 - Snow Willow Award
    Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World

Publisher: Toronto : Whitecap Books, c2001.
ISBN: 9781552852033
Branch Call Number: J 305.235092271 Llo
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill


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Dec 26, 2011

This is the first edition of a collection of short biographies aimed at teens and kids. Meant to inspire young women, the topics of the biography come from a variety of fields, sports, arts, politics, science.

There are two weaknesses in this book. First is inherent to entire "Rocked the World" series, the little commentaries from modern children of how they will rock the world. These may appeal to the younger reader, but the middle/high school crowd scoff at these. Second, and bigger, is the choice of heroes. A lot of the women are there because they are athletic or can sing well. These are hard skills to aspire to for most people. A richer choice from the politicians, the scientists and activists would have made this book better.

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