Review! Motor Girls by Sue Macy

30 May

Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century
Written by Sue Macy, Foreword by Danica Patrick
96 pages – ages 9+
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on February 7, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- Come along for a joy ride in this enthralling tribute to the daring women – Motor Girls, as they were called at the turn of the century – who got behind the wheel of the first cars and paved the way for change. The automobile has always symbolized freedom, and in this book we meet the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women. From the advent of the auto in the 1890s to the 1920s when the breaking down of barriers for women was in full swing, readers will be delighted to see historical photos, art, and artifacts and to discover the many ways these progressive females influenced fashion, the economy, politics, and the world around them.

What I Thought- This was a fun nonfiction story about how the motor car evolved, and how women have played a part in its history. It was neat to see how women got involved, and how the industry reacted to that. There are plenty of real images from the time periods represented, and little news clippings from the time. It features girls and women who improved or changed the view on motor cars and women in general. The information in the book is given in an entertaining way that keeps the reader engaged.  The book gives the reader a great perspective that shows many of the things history books leave out. The book is well-organized, and takes you through the years of automobiles. The foreword by Danica Patrick is a great touch of a modern “Motor Girl.” I really enjoyed reading this nonfiction piece from National Geographic.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!


I especially appreciated this book because my little sister is a Motor Girl 😉 She races go karts and is very impressive at it! I gave the book to her after I read it. She enjoyed it also.

Josie out in front

16 Responses to “Review! Motor Girls by Sue Macy”

  1. Lisa Orchard May 30, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the heads up about it. 🙂


  2. Darlene May 30, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    A great book, I must read it.


  3. heylookawriterfellow May 30, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    This sounds cool. Did the book cover women racecar drivers?


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Yes! Definitely – it mentioned famous women racers and their pioneering personalities, and how the world reacted. It’s a great nonfiction book! 🙂


  4. rnewman504 May 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Such a cool book.


  5. Catherine Johnson May 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Cool! 💪🚘👧


  6. Joanne R. Fritz June 1, 2017 at 3:25 pm #

    Yes! I liked this book too. Packed with information and photos. I had no idea your little sister races go karts. Good for her!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      It’s a great book! And Josie really enjoys racing too – she’s quite good at it, as well, if I say so myself. 😀


  7. Sue Macy June 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for the five bookworms! I’m glad you liked the book. And yes, heylookawriterfellow, there’s a whole chapter on early women recur drivers!


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks June 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, Ms. Macy – I really appreciate your doing that! It was a really cool book! 🙂


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