★ Noyes makes history accessible and irresistible in this thrilling account of women’s lives, flagrant abuse, scandal, courage, and tenacity.
— School Library Journal (starred review)

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A Scholastic Book Clubs Selection

A 2017 Amelia Bloomer List Title

New-York Historical Society Children’s History Book Prize Finalist

A 2016 Nerdy Book Club Award Winner

A 2016 Cybils Finalist

A Massachusetts Book Award Must Read Title


“[T]his isn’t just a storybook telling of a woman’s adventures. It also charts women’s issues, mental health, working-class rights, devastation of war, and the role of newspapers and journalists. For a book that chronicles the life of a reporter at the end of the 19th century, Ten Days A Madwoman holds a startling prescience to the issues we face today, from benevolent sexism in the newsroom to the continued exploitation of the working class.... a gripping book from start to finish, for kids and adults alike." -- Caitlin PenzeyMoog, The A.V. Club

"In this truly thrilling, appealingly designed, photo-laden biography... readers will not only get a chilling look into the horrors of Blackwell's Island, but also a sense of women's challenges in 19th-century America." -- Shelf Awareness, "Women's History Month: Books for Kids and Teens"

In Ten Days a Madwoman, Deborah Noyes gives us a compelling portrait of Nellie Bly, the audacious young reporter who risked her own safety to expose social injustice. Vividly written and gorgeously illustrated, the book brings fully to life a heroine of her time — and ours.” — Matthew Goodman, bestselling author of Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

"Ten Days a Madwoman thrilled and terrified me at the same time. I'd heard of Nellie Bly as a crusading reporter, but had no idea how daring, impetuous, and smart she was. I've got a new hero."—Elizabeth Partridge, National Book Award Finalist and Printz Honor-winning author of John Lennon and This Land Was Made for You and Me.

“Noyes’ vivid storytelling throws us headfirst into Nellie Bly’s inspiring work and incredibly daring adventures.” — Steve Sheinkin, National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor–winning author of Bomb and The Port Chicago 50

"Daring? Turbulent? Madwoman? When a book’s title includes those words, readers are bound to be inspired to open it. When the book is as well done as this one is, readers will stay through the last page....The illustrations are a mix of straightforward archival photos and surreal retouched photos à la Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Quirk, 2011). Because the former are captioned with historical facts and the latter are not captioned at all, it is easy to tell the difference between the actual images and the fanciful....The source notes are extensive, and the research is impeccable. This excellent work is a natural fit for units on history, biography, and social studies." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Noyes delivers a riveting narrative of one of our cleverest and most resourceful heroines, zeroing in on Nellie Bly’s first exposé, and putting us right in the madhouse alongside sane women being driven crazy.” —Tanya Lee Stone, Sibert Medalist and NAACP Image Award–winning author of Almost Astronauts and Courage Has No Color

"[A]llows readers to become investigators, to form opinions and then discover more information that may support or contradict their previous ideas about this complicated woman. This strong biography concludes with an author’s note, source notes, a web- and bibliography, further reading recommendations, and picture credits and index."--The Horn Book

"A well-researched biography that includes copious quotes from Bly and her contemporaries.... A good, readable introduction to a fascinating vanguard." --Booklist

"The brisk narrative draws from Bly’s own writings and from biographies, skillfully incorporating quotations, dialogue, and well-chosen facts.... A lively biography that reflects the spirit of the intrepid reporter."--Kirkus Reviews

"Noyes’s thoroughly researched account, with archival photos and myriad quotes from Bly’s own work, offers a well-rounded look at a self-possessed woman who was nothing if not resilient."--Publishers Weekly

“A stimulating read for those interested in strong women throughout history.”—VOYA


TEN DAYS A MADWOMAN. Copyright (c) 2016 Deborah Noyes. Published by Viking Children's Books. All rights reserved.