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Awards and Honors


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


Away with Words, the Daring True Story of Explorer Isabella Bird

Written by Lori Mortensen

Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell

Published by Peachtree, Paperback, Feb 2022

Daring Isabella Bird, the first female member of the Royal Geographical Society, challenged society's boundaries for women and wrote 10 bestselling books about her explorations. "No man now ever says of any difficult ting that I could not do it."—Isabella Bird

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“This story is a treat for young, independent and adventuresome souls.” —Tulsa Book Review


“Sure to inspire the explorers of tomorrow."—Bookpage

“Children who hope to forge their own paths can take heart from this picture-book biography.”—Booklist

​“This volume captures the spirit of a woman who embraced new experiences and played by her own rules."—Publishers Weekly