Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

Wonder Women by Sam MaggsWonder Women by Sam Maggs
Published by Quirk Books on October 4th 2016
Source: Publisher
Pages: 241
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We all know women are fierce powerhouses of achievement in all areas, but sadly it’s taken the world a little too long to catch on. History is peppered with stories of women doing the work and men getting the credit. Thankfully, Sam Maggs and her new book are here to right some of those wrongs. Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors , and Trailblazers Who Changed History is an eye-opening, fist-pumping portrait of 25 women with stories that were swept away by the past. The best thing about Wonder Women? Maggs is just as annoyed by history’s misogyny as we all are and throws in some great added commentary to highlight it along the way.

“Oh, and Lise also became Germany’s first female physics professor, although the press laughed and called her inaugural speech ‘cosmetic physics’ instead of ‘cosmic physics.’ (Get it? Because she’s a lady and ladies like makeup! Hilarious.)”

The quick, few page profiles of each woman made the book perfect for short bits of reading time and also got me thinking about the way we introduce nonfiction to children. It seems like there’s a decent amount of nonfiction around for younger kids, but we start to send the message that nonfiction is a school thing by the time they start moving into YA. Though not necessarily geared toward a specific age, books like Wonder Women are a perfect reminder that facts can be just as fun as fiction.

  • Anytime an author makes nonfiction feel less “school-y” I want to jump for joy. Living history FTW!

  • Kailana

    I have been seeing this around and definitely want to check it out at some point!

  • Amanda

    Yes! I’m sending my copy to a friend to put on her lending bookshelf for her high schoolers. I’m starting to get on the lookout for some nonfic for my little one. As long as she’ll still try any book I bring home I’m going to push them.

  • This sounds great! I’d seen it and wasn’t too interested because I seem to be reading so much lately about women who have been neglected by history. (That’s not a bad thing….I just like some variety in my reading). But this one definitely sounds like it has a fun edge. I’m going to add it to my list!

  • I’ve seen now 3 glowing reviews for this book in the past week. It’s a sign from the universe, isn’t it? Well, I shall simply have to do as fate dictates and find a copy of this book!

  • I never feel like I see much nonfiction in middle-grade and YA, but I’m also not looking for it. It’s sad if true that there’s not a lot out there — when I was in those age groups, I was reading almost no nonfiction and didn’t think I even liked it. It took me a number of years into adulthood to re-introduce myself to nonfiction. :/

  • I thought this was the perfect classroom read myself. I’d love to see more people make it through school thinking nonfiction is fun and this also seems so inspirational :)