Sunday, March 8 is International Women's Day. I'll be doing reviews of non-fiction, fiction and teaching units of books that feature strong women, many of them written by amazing women authors, all month.
I'm pleased to kick off the month with a review of Mighty Moe.
About 3/4 of this book is an amazing, uplifting tale of 13-year-old Maureen Wilton's rise to the top of women's running, in part because she's the first woman to run a marathon in Canada.
It shows how thinking and training in the sport changed dramatically over the subsequent years, in part due to how well Wilton did in her first big marathon. She blasted a door open for all the other women running on her heels.
The other 1/3 is heartbreaking, chronicling how her running team splits up. The coach headed one direction, the new coach made her the target to beat for the other runners, and eventually, she and her mother just walk away from the track and don't return.
She doesn't come back to running until her 50s.
It's a great biography and an excellent example of young women blazing new paths in sports.