Books by Julie Cummins

FLYING SOLO by Julie Cummins
Released: July 9, 2013

"Cummins' animated account of early aviator Ruth Elder's struggles and achievements will amuse and inspire girls of all ages. (author's note, sources, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
A lively biography of a pioneer in women's aviation. Read full book review >
WOMEN EXPLORERS by Julie Cummins
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Should attract aspiring adventurers. (author's note and list of additional female explorers; selected bibliography, websites) (Collective biography. 9-11)"
After showcasing risk-taking gals in Women Daredevils (2007), Cummins introduces 10 "dauntless" women born before 1900 whose little-known deeds "contribut[ed] to science, geography, history, and cultural understanding" at a time when "proper ladies simply did not go gallivanting around the world to explore new territories." Read full book review >
SAM PATCH by Julie Cummins
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"This brief biography of one particular historical daredevil seems poorly suited to the picture-book format and audience. (notes, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Sam Patch was a real person who found fame (and an early death) by jumping from dangerous heights. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Kudos for bringing to light this hidden slice of female history. (introduction, chronology, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
At a time when women were expected to be domestic angels, this spunky history tracks a handful of female risk-takers who dared to do what they loved despite the danger. Read full book review >
COUNTRY KID, CITY KID by Julie Cummins
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"There's something here for both kinds of kids to think about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cummins (Tomboy of the Air, 2001, etc.) gives us her take on the comparison of country life to city life in this typical, but cheerful, rendering. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and solidly written, the simplicity of the text and the inviting format should appeal to middle-grade as well as older readers. (notes, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-14)"
An entertaining and intelligent biography of a pioneering woman aviator. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An adequate treatment of a surprisingly fascinating topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Normally a soloist on the series, Munro (The Inside-Outside Book of Paris, 1992) has a collaborator for this entry that shows all kinds of libraries, from behemoths like the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library to collections on navy ships and in prisons, on bookmobiles and home bookshelves. Read full book review >