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Q & A with the Author about her book The Perfect Rebel
What made you want to write this book?
Emily Davison, because she was an amazing woman who did everything she could to help give women more rights. Today, Emily’s story is almost forgotten ... but not quite. I wanted to write it down so more people could hear about it.
Who is your role model?
My daughter Imogen is my role model. She never lets her dyslexia stop her from trying her best, and being really cheerful about everything that she does.
Which suffragette do you most admire?
The suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. She stood up for her beliefs, even though it didn’t make her popular with some people. She really wanted to make a difference to the world she lived in.
If you could meet Emily Davison, what would you say to her?
I would ask Emily what I should say to people who can’t be bothered to vote.
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 | Elizabeth Laird, one of the Little Rebels Book Award Judges said: “Harriet Tubman is an enthralling figure in the history of the American Civil Rights movement. This short, gripping biography will inspire young readers, both lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike. Harriet Tubman’s idealism, courage and self-sacrifice make her an ideal role model in an era where empty celebrity is an aspiration for so many children”
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 8+. This is a great book for children who want a book that's shorter with fewer words on the page than your typical book for this age range whilst at the same time getting a great snapshot to a very important part of our history. This is the story of Emily Davison, a suffragette who campaigned hard to get votes for women in the early part of the 20th century. She died in the process, under the King’s horse at the Derby meeting at Epsom, but it was this action that really began the process of giving the vote to women. At only 64 pages in length, it’s a book that even the most reluctant reader will breeze through.