Castaldo, Nancy. The Race Around the World. Illustrated by Wesley Lowe. (Totally True Adventures! series.) “A Stepping Stone book.” Random House, 2015. $4.99. ISBN 9780553522785. 93 pgs. Ages 7-11. P6Q7
Based on the true story of Nellie Bly who traveled around the world in 72 days. The story has some dramatized bits to make it easier for a younger audience to read, but also has accurate historical information and fun facts about Nellie’ travels. The word choice is easily accessible for on-grade-level readers in 4-5 grades and ties into some Social Studies themes as well. The Race Around the World could be used as a nonfiction text for students to learn about the world as well as a biography. Includes “Extra Information” and “The Story Behind the Story.”
November 2015 review by Cody Rosenthal.