Growing up can be hard enough, but when you are a teenage girl on the western frontier every day is a lesson in survival. From being held captive by a Native American tribe (like Olive Ann Oatman), to mastering the dangerous business of wrangling cattle (like Edith Jane Bass), Amazing Girls of Arizona captures the remarkable lives of eleven real American girls (all seventeen years old or younger) who were pioneers of their time. Meet Laurette Lovell, born in 1869 with a severe leg deformity, who at age thirteen started on her path to be a renowned pottery artist and painter. Edith Bass, born in 1896, began wrangling mules before the age of nine, leading pack strings up and down the dangerous paths into the Grand Canyon. These two young women, and nine others, are profiled alongside historic photographs. Today's readers will enjoy these stories of real girls who conquered the frontiers of Arizona in their own style.
About the Author
Jan Cleere has distinguished herself in the field of historical nonfiction by tirelessly pursuing long-forgotten manuscripts, tear-stained diaries, and old-timers with a story to tell, relentlessly looking for elusive ghosts from the past. She is the author of two other Globe Pequot books: the award-winning More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Nevada Women (2005), and Outlaw Tales of Arizona: True Stories of Arizona's Most Famous Robbers, Rustlers, and Bandits (2006). Jan holds a writing degree in American Studies and lives in Oro Valley, Arizona.