From fighting for social justice and women’s rights to discovering and shaping our amazing country, women have left an indelible mark on our past, present, and future. But it’s not easy to affect change, and these women didn’t always play by the rules to make a difference! Kathleen Krull blends history and humor in this accessible young biography series.

  • 2016 Series Worthy of Note, Virginia Library Association
  • Junior Library Guild selections
  • Nominated for the Amelia Bloomer Project
  • On The Chicago Tribune Recommended Reading list
  • Brisk and pithy….smart and animated. . . . Young readers will come away properly inspired by the examples of these admirable rule-breakers. The author of the justly renowned What the Neighbors Thought series digs a little deeper with these equally engaging single volumes.
    –  Kirkus Reviews
  • Presenting a fresh view and focusing on these individuals’ determination and resulting achievements, Krull adroitly tells their stories from birth to death. . . Strong additions to biography collections.
    –  School Library Journal
  • Using the theme of rule-breaking to introduce a variety of women, Krull crafts informative and readable biographies.
    – The Horn Book
  • Biography maven Krull launches a new middle-grades series….Short chapters and chatty text will be a welcome boon to report writers… Krull’s engaging narrative style is again on display.
    – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • Plenty of vim. Vigor to spare. This is a book (and series) that you will be happy you have around.
    – Travis M. Jonker, 100 Scope Notes 
  • In the vein of the popular Who Was? series and Jean Fritz’s much-beloved biographies, Women Who Broke the Rules celebrates the bold and brave women who have forged their own paths – breaking rules along the way – to help shape our country’s past, present, and future.
    The Hardcover Lover   
  • I’ll confess that I am a big fan of Kathleen Krull. She is the master of biography, both because she knows how to find interesting people to write about, particularly women, and because she encapsulates their lives perfectly.
    Wrapped in Foil 
  • A fantastic series of nonfiction books about notable women who defined their own roles in history…. These books make it fun to learn history!
    Upper Michigan Librarians 
  • When Bloomsbury sent me the first four books in the WOMEN WHO BROKE THE RULES series, I just may have squealed and done a happy dance.
     Alyson Beecher 
  • There are so many ways these books will be used and loved in the classroom.
    – Unleashing Readers