In 1901, Annie Edson Taylor got a big idea that she thought just might change her rotten luck. With the threat of the poorhouse looming over her head, she decided to make her own destiny by daring the impossible: barreling over Niagara Falls. In this bold, life-changing adventure, readers follow the sixty-three-year-old daredevil’s search for fame and fortune.
This inspirational children’s book details Annie’s journey as she works to design a barrel that will take her safely over the falls. She prepares for her spectacular act—combating every challenge along the way—and plans to use her fame to travel the world, making her fortune from the fans who will pay to hear her story. Find out if Annie’s daring exploits brought her the glory she desired in this tale of perseverance and courage. Accompanied by vivid illustrations of turn-of-the-century Niagara Falls, New York, this story also includes the tales of those who followed in her footsteps and took the plunge for themselves.
About the Author
Nancy Kelly Allen, a former teacher and librarian, fell in love with children’s books as a graduate student. The author of Pelican's “Happy Birthday”: The Story of the World’s Most Popular Song and Daniel Boone: Trailblazer, Allen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Appalachian Authors Guild, Writers of the North Fork, and Art of the Mountains. She resides with her husband, Larry, and two assistant writers, miniature schnauzers Jazi and Roxi, in Hazard, Kentucky.
About the Illustrator
Lisa Fields was always encouraged to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She received a BFA in illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 2006. The illustrator of several children’s books, her work has appeared in Boys’ Life and Highlights magazines. Fields lives in New York City where she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
BARRELING OVER NIAGARA FALLS
By Nancy Kelly Allen
Illustrated by Lisa Fields
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Women
JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
40 pp. 8 1/2 x 11