OverviewWinner of:2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young PeopleNominated for:2014 YALSA Nonfiction Award Using journal entries, letters home, and song lyrics, the women of the West speak for themselves in these tales of courage, enduring spirit, and adventure. Women such as Amelia Stewart Knight traveling on the Oregon Trail, homesteader Miriam Colt, entrepreneur Clara Brown, army wife Frances Grummond, actress Adah Isaacs Menken, naturalist Martha Maxwell, missionary Narcissa Whitman, and political activist Mary Lease are introduced to readers through their harrowing stories of journeying across the plains and mountains to unknown land. Recounting the impact pioneers had on those who were already living in the region as well as how they adapted to their new lives and the rugged, often dangerous landscape, this exploration also offers resources for further study and reveals how these influential women tamed the Wild West.
Reviews“Comprehensive” and “fascinating.”—PublishersWeekly.com
"Gripping...[a] strong, engaging narrative"—Booklist
“A thoughtful and attractive presentation of a complex and intriguing topic.”—Kirkus Reviews
“While this book is meant for readers ages 12 and up, I absolutely think adults of any age will enjoy it, too. Historians, feminists, adventure-lovers and whiners will surely find Women of the Frontier to be very moving.”—The Bookworm Sez
"A wonderful supplement to any study of American History and the Westward Movement."—Pioneer Woman, blog
Author BiographyBrandon Marie Miller is the author of Benjamin Franklin, American Genius; George Washington for Kids; and Thomas Jefferson for Kids. She has received a dozen national awards for her writing.