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Parent's Choice Recommended Award Winner 2019

One of Nonfiction Detective's Best Books of 2019


Notable Social Studies

Trade Books for Young People/NCSS/CBC/2020


“Sure to inspire the explorers of tomorrow … The crux of this unforgettable tale is that if you can dream big and be brave, anything is possible."—Bookpage

“Mortensen distills a very full life into a condensed but readable narrative for primary grade children... Children who hope to forge their own paths can take heart from this picture-book biography.”—Booklist

“Mortensen writes in a precise, poetic manner... This volume captures the spirit of a woman who embraced new experiences and played by her own rules."—Publishers Weekly 

"An engaging biography for intermediate grades."—School Library Journal

“Author Lori Mortensen writes of fearless Isabella in delicious words and phrases that practically melt in your mouth and keep the pages turning. This story is a treat for young, independent and adventuresome souls.”—Tulsa Book Review


women in history





women explorers


"No man now ever says of any difficult thing that I could not do it."

Isabella Bird