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A Race Around the World
A Race Around the World

A Race Around the World

The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland


She Made History


32 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: PDF

PDF, $9.99 (US $9.99) (CA $12.99)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9780807500118

Rights: WOR

Albert Whitman & Company (Oct 2019)

Price: $9.99
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The true story of two women who raced against time—and each other!

In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days—began a circumnavigation she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by her employer, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, another New York publication put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking she could beat Bly's time. Only one woman could win the race, but both completed their journeys in record time.


"Rose captures both the wonder of the world as the women experience it, as well as the dangers and miseries of their journeys. An absorbing account of a real-life adventure." —Kirkus Reviews

"Some may know the name Nellie Bly, but have you heard of her around-the-world adventure and the parallel journey of another reporter, Elizabeth Bisland? The story of two daring women is well told in A Race Around the World (ages 4-8) by Caroline Starr Rose, illustrated by Alexandra Bye. In 1889 Bly, a reporter for the New York World newspaper, defied her editor who believed this was something only a man should undertake. The two women suffered weather delays and communication disruptions, but both completed the trip. An exciting story to inspire young adventurers." —The Christian Science Monitor

Author Biography

Caroline Starr Rose is an award-winning middle grade and picture book author whose books have been ALA-ALSC Notable, Junior Library Guild, ABA New Voices, Kids' Indie Next, Amazon's Best Books of the Month for Kids, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. In addition, her books have been nominated for almost two dozen state award lists. She lives with her husband and two sons in New Mexico. Alexandra Bye graduated from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She lives in New Hampshire, where she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic ski racing, and hiking in the White Mountains with her dogs.