The New York Times bestselling "book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all ages."--Cheryl Strayed
Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way.
In the New York Times bestselling The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted--of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, compass-making, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to "journal" their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration. It is fully illustrated and enlivened throughout by bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton's whimsical pen-and-ink drawings.
Paul (Lost Cat) encourages readers girls, specifically to pursue lives of excitement in a book that blends elements of memoir, guidebook, and journal. With confident humor, Paul describes how she overcame childhood shyness by taking small risks, beginning with building a milk-carton boat to compete in a race. Paul's later feats included walking the Golden Gate Bridge's suspension cable (something she strongly discourages readers from trying), scuba diving for a dead body, and thermal flying. Interspersed among the adventures are brief profiles of trailblazing women and girls, playful b&w illustrations, and activity ideas. While some of these "Derring Do" activities (learn different cloud types, practice a confident stance) can feel like tepid footnotes to Paul's adventures, she gives readers the green light to break the rules and test their limits. Ages 7 up.