Ed Fotheringham’s Second Book for Scholastic

  • 2/9/10

Ed’s second picture book for Scholastic, a biography of Annette Kellerman, one of the first women to gain notoriety in the sport of swimming, has won rave reviews and award nominations. Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune, and Swimsuit History, by author Shana Corey, was completed in 2008. It was named a Junior Library Guild selection for Spring 2009, and received a starred review from Kirkus and a rave review from Booklist. “Mermaid” was nominated for the 2009 Cybils Awards in the Non-fiction/Information Picture Book category. This award honors the best children’s and young adult literature of the year, as selected by the children’s book blogging community (http://www.cybils.com). It has also been selected for inclusion on the American Library Association’s “Amelia Bloomer Project” list for 2010, an annual list of exemplary titles that positively portray strong female characters. This story of a plucky Annette, who overcame leg braces and societal restraints placed on women, can be purchased at amazon.com.

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