New GN Noisemakers Celebrates 25 Key Women Who Transformed History

by Olly MacNamee

Creators of Kazoo magazine, the quarterly, indie print magazine for girls, ages 5 to 12, are publishing a new graphic novel celebrating 25 key female figures whose courage and accomplishments transformed history in Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World. Weighing in at over 200 pages Noisemakers includes strips showcasing the likes of Mary Shelley (by Emil FerrisMy Favorite Thing is Monsters), Hedy Lamar (by Sarah Winifred SearleSincerely, Harriet), Eleanor Roosevelt (by Emily FlakeLulu Eightball) and Rosa Parks (by Ashley A. WoodsTomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade) and Maya Angelou (by Shauna J. GrantPrincess Love Pon) to name but 5 of the 25 entries.

Emil Flake (Mary Shelley)

Glancing through it, as you can imagine from the creators Kazoo, this looks like the perfect book for inspiring young girls (and boys too, one hopes). With it’s mix of vivid art styles and interesting personal stories of struggle, bravery and often overcoming adversities, it’s a real treasure trove of interesting stories from throughout the ages and a must for schools and libraries as well as all age readers.
Shauna J. Grant (Maya Angelou)

Here’s a full list of the strips and the accompanying (all female) creators:

  • Mary Shelley by Emil Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters)

  • Hallie Daggett by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me)

  • Josephine Baker by Alitha E. Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda)

  • Julia Child by Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos)

  • Hedy Lamarr by Sarah Winifred Searle (Sincerely, Harriet)

  • Jeanne Baret by Lucy Bellwood (Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea)

  • Wangari Maathai by Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!)

  • Raye Montague by Yao Xiao (Everything Is Beautiful, And I’m Not Afraid)

  • Eleanor Roosevelt by Emily Flake (Lulu Eightball)

  • Bessie Coleman by Shannon Wright (Betty Before X)

  • Ida Lewis by Rebecca Mock (Compass South)

  • Rosa Parks by Ashley A. Woods (Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade)

  • Eugenie Clark by Maris Wicks (Primates)

  • Mary Anning by Little Corvus (The Bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York)

  • Caroline Herschel by Chan Chau (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Sirens)

  • Emily Warren Roebling by Kiku Hughes (Displacement)

  • Madam C. J. Walker by K. L. Ricks (Naima)

  • Annie Londonderry by Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)

  • Maria Tallchief by Weshoyot Alvitre (Alice Sixkiller)

  • Junko Tabei by MariNaomi (Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories)

  • Frida Kahlo by Naomi Franquiz (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)

  • Maya Angelou by Shauna J. Grant (Princess Love Pon)

  • Kate Warne by Molly Brooks (Sanity & Tallulah)

  • Nelly Bly by Jackie Roche (Escape from Syria)

  • Mother Jones by Sophie Goldstein (House of Women)

Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World is out February 4, 2020 from Knopf Books for Young Readers

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