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Bad Girls

Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves, & Other Female Villains

By Jane Yolen

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 prosecution, Jane for context.

This unique and sassy examination of famed, female historical figures will engage readers with its unusual presentation of the subject matter. Heidi and Jane’s strong arguments for the innocence and guilt of each bad girl promotes the practice of critical thinking as well as the idea that history is subjective. Rebecca Guay’s detailed illustrations provide a rich, stylized portrait of each woman, while the inclusion of comic panels will resonate with fans of graphic novels.

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9781580891851


Format: Book
Author: Yolen, Jane
Summary: Harlot or hero? Liar or lady? There are two sides to every story. Meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, and debate alongside authors Yolen and Stemple--who appear in the book as themselves in a series of comic panels--as to each girl's guilt or innocence.
Title: Bad girls : sirens, Jezebels, murderesses, thieves, & other female villains / Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple ; illustrated by Rebecca Guay.
Publisher Date: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2013.
Subject: Female offenders -- Biography -- Teen literature. Femmes fatales -- Biography -- Teen literature. Women murderers -- Biography -- Teen literature.
Isbn: 9781580891851 (reinforced for library use) 1580891853 (reinforced for library use)
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System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: 364.3 Yol
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Bib Id: 422196

Format: Book
Author: Yolen, Jane
Summary: "Meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women. Each bad girl has a rotten reputation, but there are two sides to every tale."--Amazon.com.
Summary: Harlot or hero? Liar or lady? There are two sides to every story. Meet twenty-six of history's most notorious women, and debate alongside authors Yolen and Stemple--who appear in the book as themselves in a series of comic panels--as to each girl's guilt or innocence.
Title: Bad girls : sirens, Jezebels, murderesses, thieves, & other female villains / Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple ; illustrated by Rebecca Guay.
Publisher, Date: Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2013.
Description: vii, 164 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Female offenders -- Biography -- Teen literature.
Subjects: Femmes fatales -- Biography -- Teen literature.
Subjects: Women murderers -- Biography -- Teen literature.
Other Author: Stemple, Heidi E. Y.
Other Author: Guay-Mitchell, Rebecca
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 148-157) and index.
Contents: Introduction: Bad, mad, or thoroughly rotten -- Delilah (circa 110 BCE), a mere snip of a girl -- Jezebel (9th century BCE), a perfectly bad queen -- Cleopatra (69-30 BCE), the queen of denial -- Salome (circa 14-71 CE), a little strip of a girl -- Anne Boleyn (circa 1500-1536), she lost her head for love -- Bloody Mary (1516-1558), a woman of burning faith -- Elisabeth Bathory (1560-1614), Countess Bloodbath -- Moll Cutpurse (circa 1584-1659), high directress of the Black Dogs -- Tituba (circa 1670s-?), one witchy woman -- Anne Bonney (late 1600s-1720s) and Mary Read, pirates in petticoats -- Peggy Shippen Arnold (1760-1804), bride of treason -- Catherine the Great (1729-1796), queen of coups -- Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1817-1864), the rebel rose -- Belle Starr (1848-1889), belle of the bad-boy ball -- Calamity Jane (circa 1852-1903), courtin' calamity -- Lizzie Bordon (1860-1927), one whacky woman -- Madame Alexe Popova (1850-1909), she popped over three hundred -- Pearl Hart (circa 1871-1925), mama's wild child -- Typhoid Mary (1869-1938), a cook without a conscience -- Mata Hari (1876-1917), the spy who loved everyone -- Ma Barker (circa 1873-1935), mother knows worst -- Beulah Annan (circa 1901-1928) and Belva Gaertner (circa 1885-1965), Chicago's merry murderesses -- Bonnie Parker (1910-1934), Clyde's girl -- Virginia Hill (1916-1966), gangster girlfriend -- Conclusion: Modern times and changing gender roles.
LCCN: 2012000783
ISBN: 9781580891851 (reinforced for library use)
ISBN: 1580891853 (reinforced for library use)
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Available Copies: 2
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Call Number: 364.3 Yol