|Fearless Mary : Mary Fields, American stagecoach driver|
Author: Charles, Tami
The true story of Mary Fields, aka "Stagecoach Mary," a trailblazing African American woman who helped settle the American West.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 4.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 510838
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 75186
Kirkus Reviews (11/01/18)
School Library Journal (00/12/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2018 In 1895, a call goes out for a stagecoach driver in Cascade, Montana. This job entails navigating nearly impassable trails and fending off outlaws and wild animals to deliver the mail up the mountain to St. Peter’s Mission. Although the Wild West is supposed to be a land of new opportunities, segregation still persists. No matter to a woman and former slave in her 60s who announces, “I’m Mary Fields, but you can call me Fearless!” This picture-book biography reimagines Mary’s successful tryout against younger white cowboys to become the first African American female stagecoach driver in the country. Expressive digital artwork in earth tones depicts dramatic scenes as Mary reads the stars to guide her across rugged mountains, uses her trained pet eagle to attack and outsmart thieves, and guards her horses and overturned wagon against hungry wolves through the night. Final images show women delivering the mail on bicycles, on motorcycles, in trucks, and in airplanes, continuing Mary’s legacy. A concluding author’s note offers more information about this overlooked figure from history. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.