A female pharaoh? A woman general in the Kahn's army? A female Viking raider? No way, you say? Look again. Appearances can be deceiving…
Based on legends, poems, letters and first-hand accounts, these seven biographical tales tell of women who disguised themselves as men. From ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the 19th century, this historically accurate graphic treatment is perfect to transport readers back to bygone eras. The lives of these daring women were often filled with danger and the fear of discovery. However, for the sake of freedom, ambition, love or adventure, these women risked everything. No Girls Allowed brings a contemporary edge to a part of history largely untold - until now.
Okay, fine... I admit it. I was ready to give it a 3/5 before I even read it! I'm not really into the whole "historical fiction" aspect, unless it's books like Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. That book intrigued me, because of the plot. But it proved that this isn't just one of those typical girl-power stories. But instead, a perfectly well-written (and illustrated) graphic novel that appeals to younger people.
It is a graphic novel, which is easier to read and more interesting to some. I honestly loved it, and recommend it to anyone who loves these types of historical fiction. It follows the lives of seven daring women on different journeys. Some want to escape from slavery, want to run for power, and just plain do something different. Although in the past some women have been told no, you shouldn't say "no" to this book.
Likes: how these girls stood for what they wanted, did not care that they had been told no, different stories from different time periods and countries
Dislikes: there was one story that dragged on a little too much
*Note: Appropriate for all ages!