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Philomel Books, May 4, 2021

Cover art by Alexandra Boiger

Interior art by Gillian Flint

ISBN: 978-0-593-11574-9 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0-593-11575-6 (paperback)


Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds!


In this chapter book biography by New York Times bestselling author Michelle Knudsen, readers learn about the amazing life of Nellie Bly—and how she persisted.

Nellie Bly was a journalist and one of the first investigative reporters ever. She went undercover to expose wrongdoing and famously raced around the world so she could write about the experience for her newspaper. Reaching for her dreams wasn't easy. But Nellie never gave up, no matter how many obstacles she faced—and she helped others along the way.


Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!


Visit the official SHE PERSISTED: NELLIE BLY page to see a video Q&A with me and a downloadable discussion guide!




"A fast read, sure to engage transitioning independent readers or older reluctant readers [as well as] more sophisticated readers . . . A likable, meaningful addition to the She Persisted collection." —Kirkus Reviews


"This welcome installment of the series will captivate an audience of varying reading levels with a fast pace, accessible language, and adventurous storytelling. . . . A concise, engaging illustrated biography." —School Library Journal