Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip
Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip

Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip

Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh & illustrated by Gilbert Ford
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5 - 9
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Feb 4, 2020
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Writer Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrator Gilbert Ford’s Alice Across America is a nonfiction picture book account of maverick Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive a car across America in 1909. When Alice Ramsey was little, she loved to ride horses. As she grew up, more people were driving cars. From the moment Alice slid behind the wheel, she was crazy about cars. So when the Maxwell-Briscoe Company challenged her to drive one of their new cars across the country as a promotional ploy to prove that even a lady could do it, Alice daringly accepted. With several women by her side, these brazen drivers sustained many hardships over the course of a remarkable two-month journey and far surpassed all expectations. With a clever blend of women’s history, technological history, and American roading geography, this is a celebration of unstoppable women making strides in twentieth-century America. Christy Ottaviano Books

What Kind of Book is Alice Across America: The Story of the First Women's Cross-Country Road Trip



    Alice Ramsey and pals arrive in San Francisco
    Map of Alice's journey across the USA
    Alice's husband presents her with a new car after her near carriage accident with a motorist.
    Alice and her pals had to change flat tires and perform auto repairs along their journey.
    Alice and her pals had to sleep in the car when they couldn't find lodging. People's doubts they could make it cross country haunted Alice.


    School Library Journal
    V. Lynn Christiansen
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    "Historical details about cars, roadways, and gender bias are incorporated throughout the story and enhance the plot . . . A fun and fascinating story that includes many favorites: cars, strong women, and little-known historical facts. A must-have for a school or public library collection."


    "While driving cross country to advertise for a manufacturer may not qualify as the most important achievement in women’s history, this kid-friendly selection shows the power of resilience and determination, presents an interest and accomplishment that runs counter to gender stereotypes, and will draw in those interested in cars, history, and/or women’s rights with its straightforward yet energetic text and stylized illustrations."

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Book Details

Publication Date
February 4, 2020
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Illustration Details
Illustrations painted in colourful dyes and finished digitally
Page Count
Reading Age
5 - 9 years

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