A Race Around the World

The True Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland

In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days—began an around-the-world journey that she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by the newspaper that employed her, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, the publisher of another New York publication, The Cosmopolitan magazine, put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking that she could beat Bly’s time. Only one woman could win the race, but both Bly and Bisland completed their journeys in record time and experienced unforgettable adventures.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807500101
  • October 2019

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  • 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, starred review

  • The story of two daring women is well told…. An exciting story to inspire young adventurers.

    - The Christian Science Monitor

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Picture Books of 2019, The Christian Science Monitor
  • A Mighty Girl's 2019 Books of the Year