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Girl on a Motorcycle is the story of Anne-France Dautheville, the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world alone in the 1970s. Gorgeous period-appropriate illustrations by Julie Morstad evoke the freedom of the open road and Amy Novesky's text conveys the story at a steady pace. I was inspired by this book and think every little girl should read it.
— Rachel Watkins
A picture book biography by an award-winning team about the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world
One day, a girl gets on her motorcycle and rides away. She wants to wander the world. To go . . . Elsewhere. This is the true story of the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world alone. Each place has something to teach her. Each place is beautiful. And despite many flat tires and falls, she learns to always get back up and keep riding.
Award-winning author Amy Novesky and Governor General's Award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad have teamed up for a spectacular celebration of girl power and resilience.
About the Author
AMY NOVESKY is the author of Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, which was a Bologna-Ragazzi Award winner and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, as well as Me, Frida, winner of the Pura Belpré Honor Award for illustration. She lives outside of San Francisco with her family.
JULIE MORSTAD is the awardwinning illustrator of The Dress and the Girl; Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova; and Julia, Child, which was a Governor General's Award finalist. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.
★ "On more subtle display is the goodness Dautheville finds in people everywhere she travels, effectively demonstrating the beauty of cultures different from our own." --Booklist, starred review
★ "Morstad’s sophisticated, retro-chic artwork lovingly evokes the time frame dictated by the real life adventures of French writer Anne-France Dautheville, first woman to go around the world by motorcycle . . . The result is part documentary, part dreamscape with strong crossover appeal for fans of history and of romantic adventure, all of whom will find their curiosity assuaged in an endnote that explores Dautheville’s experience (complete with photographic confirmation) and Novesky’s own dream-chasing research and interview." --BCCB, starred review
"For picture book collections aimed at older readers, this is likely to touch something profound in teen or preteen lovers of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as well as those who hear the siren call of travel."--School Library Journal