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Writing and reporting

Bodden, Valerie  The Muckrakers: Ida Tarbell Takes on Big Business
Middle school, high school
     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential Library

Hidden Heroes series. The life and work of journalist Ida Tarbell is just one of several topics in this inspiring and accessible volume. Bodden also examines the history of investigative journalism and its impact on the rise of big business and the Progressive era; later chapters cover the evolution of modern investigative journalism through the twenty-first century, including the influence of technology. Reading list, timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Publishers and publishing; Women—Journalists; Tarbell, Ida M.; Journalism

Giff, Patricia Reilly  Writing with Rosie: You Can Write a Story Too
Gr. 4–6     69 pp.     Holiday

Giff talks young aspiring writers through her own writing process, with frequent references to Rosie, her canine writing companion, as well as copious excerpts from her novels. This chatty and often funny guide should serve as a useful introduction to plotting and creating characters, and encourage readers to think about stories of their own.
Subjects: General Literature; Animals—Dogs; Writing; Authors; Women—Authors

Macy, Sue  Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Gr. K–3     40 pp.     Simon/Wiseman

Illustrated by C. F. Payne. Pioneering journalist Mary Garber “got her big break” during WWII, running the sports page while the (male) sportswriters were fighting in the war. For much of the next six decades, she worked in sports reporting, blazing trails for female journalists. Macy’s succinct text is informative and engaging, her regard for her subject obvious. Payne’s soft, sepia-toned mixed-media illustrations provide the perfect touch of nostalgia. Reading list, timeline, websites.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Women—Journalists; Women—Biographies; Sports; Journalism

Noyes, Deborah  Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter Nellie Bly
Middle school, high school     136 pp.     Viking

Bly, determined to make her journalistic mark, accepts an assignment to go undercover inside the “lunatic asylum” on Blackwell’s Island and report on its conditions. Noyes smartly uses this hook to engage readers, enriching this and Bly’s other experiences (such as her around-the-world race) with well-placed sidebars and clips from Bly’s articles. Part chronological, part expository, the strong biography allows readers to become investigators. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Bly, Nellie; Journalism; Women—Journalists; Women—Biographies

Rustad, Martha E. H.  Learning About Media Literacy
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Capstone

Rustad, Martha E. H.  Learning About Fact and Opinion
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Capstone

Pebble Plus: Media Literacy for Kids series. These slim but functional volumes highlight the need to “understand who made the media and why” (Media) and differentiate between fact and opinion, suggesting sources in which readers are likely to encounter each (Fact and Opinion). Large, relevant photographs break up the brief texts, which occupy only a quarter of each spread. Suggested activities and critical thinking questions are appended. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Media; Journalism

From the November 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book. All reviews are from The Horn Book Guide Online. See also “Photographers” from the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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