Bad Girls

Bad Girls

Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves and Other Female Villains

eBook - 2013
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From Jezebel to Catherine the Great, from Cleopatra to Mae West, from Mata Hari to Bonnie Parker, strong women have been a problem for historians, storytellers, and readers. Strong females smack of the unfeminine. They have been called wicked, wanton, and willful. Sometimes that is a just designation, but just as often it is not. "Well-behaved women seldom make history," is the frequently quoted statement by historian and feminist Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. But what makes these misbehaving women "bad"? Are we idolizing the wicked or salvaging the strong?In BAD GIRLS, readers meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, each with a rotten reputation. But authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple remind us that there are two sides to every story. Was Delilah a harlot or hero? Was Catherine the Great a great ruler, or just plain ruthless? At the end of each chapter, Yolen and Stemple appear as themselves in comic panels as they debate each girl's badness--Heidi as the...
Publisher: 2013.
ISBN: 9781607345381
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Sep 29, 2016

Quick read, as most vignettes, if not all, are under 3 pages long. Unfortunately, I already knew most of the women featured. Moreover, I was expecting at least slightly more critical examination. Given the above, this text definitely skews younger, say for a readership in their early teens.

Dec 16, 2014

Wonderful author Jane Yolen and her daughter Hiedi E. Y. Stemple tell about history's bad girls and debate in comic book format on whether these women were merely misjudged or truly Bad to the Bone. Short & cleverly presented.

PrincetonPLteen Sep 25, 2014

A juicy, hilarious primer on female villains in history. Recommended for grades 6+.

BCD2013 Jun 06, 2014

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Learn the true stories of female villains through history!
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Jul 08, 2013

Fun style of writing. It's like the beach read of historical villanesses... good reference material at the end too, there are some of these histories that I'd like to read more about, and will do so now that I've gotten the snapshot version from Jane Yolen and her daughter. The interplay between the two authors was also comical (and not just because it was presented as a graphic novel).

nutty7688 Mar 28, 2013

I can see if the authors got their research from anywhere else instead the researched on Wikipedia of all places.

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