Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

TEN DAYS A MADWOMAN, by Deborah Noyes


The story: Nellie Bly took on the newspaper establishment in a time when reporting was not seen as a fit occupation for women, and turned the world on its ear by spending ten days in a madhouse to do a report on the terrible conditions there. She followed it up by traveling around the world in LESS than 80 days–72 days, to be precise. Read the true story of this intrepid girl reporter to see just how far women have come in the 100 years since then!

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: If you’re a fan of non-fiction, take a look at this one.  We take women reporters for granted now, but Nellie Bly led the charge back in a time when men thought reporting was “unsuitable work” for a woman.


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