Girls Who Rocked the World

Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa

Girls Who Rocked the World

Illustrated by: David Hahn
For Ages: 8 - 12
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“Young women looking for inspiration will surely find it” (Booklist) in these profiles of forty-six movers and shakers who made their mark before they turned twenty.

This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides forty-six illustrated examples of strong, independent female role models, all of whom first impacted the world as teenagers or younger. Originally published in two volumes over a decade ago, this fully updated and expanded edition of Girls Who Rocked the World spans a variety of achievements, interests, and backgrounds, from Harriet Tubman and Coco Chanel to S.E. Hinton and Maya Lin—each with her own incredible story of how she created life-changing opportunities for herself and the world. Personal aspirations from today’s young women are interspersed throughout the book, which also includes profiles of teenagers who are rocking the world right now—girls like Winter Vinecki, the creator of the nonprofit organization Team Winter, and Jazmin Whitley, the youngest designer to show at L.A. Fashion Week.
It’s never too soon to start making a difference, and these exhilarating examples of girl power in action make for ideal motivation.
  • Aladdin/Beyond Words | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781582703022 | 
  • October 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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About the Authors

Michelle Roehm McCann
Photograph by Holland Studios

Michelle Roehm McCann

Michelle Roehm McCann has worked as a children’s book editor and art director for more than twenty years, as well as writing and compiling seven award-winning children’s books of her own. She teaches children’s and young adult book publishing at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, two world-rocking kids, and their brilliant cats, Horace and Percy.

Amelie Welden
Photograph by Seth Ellis

Amelie Welden

Amelie Welden started working on the first version of Girls Who Rocked the World as a college student in Portland, Oregon. More recently, she returned to her interest in writing and received an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She currently teaches composition at the University of Michigan Dearborn and at Oakland University.