cover image Dangerous Jane

Dangerous Jane

Suzanne Slade, illus. by Alice Ratterree. Peachtree, $17.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-56145-913-1

In an inspiring testament to the power of activism, Slade shows how Jane Addams’s lifelong concern for those in need led her to found Hull House, serve as president of the Women’s Peace Party, and embark on other charitable endeavors that eventually resulted in her receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, the first American woman to be honored with it. Ratterree strongly evokes the late-19th- and early-20th-century setting in carefully drafted watercolors dominated by muted taupes and browns; Addams’s bright green dress is like a beacon amid scenes of WWI battle and deprivation. An afterword and timeline round out a solid introduction to a woman who “kept doing what she’d always done: helping people. No matter where they were from. No matter what others thought. No matter the cost.” Ages 6–10. [em]Author’s agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Sept.) [/em]