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Mary Cronk Farrell

Biography

Mary Cronk Farrell

Mary Cronk Farrell is a former award-winning journalist and author of fiction and nonfiction books for children. She writes with passion about little-known people of history who face great adversity with courage. Her book PURE GRIT: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and PRISON CAMP IN THE PACIFIC has been named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Washington State Book Award Finalist, Booklist Editor’s Choice, to the Amelia Bloomer Project List and awarded a EUREKA! Children’s Book Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. She lives in Washington State.

Mary Cronk Farrell

Books by Mary Cronk Farrell

by Mary Cronk Farrell - African American Interest, Biography, Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Military, Women's History

STANDING UP AGAINST HATE tells the stories of the African American women who enlisted in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in World War II. They quickly discovered that they faced as many obstacles in the armed forces as they did in everyday life. They interrupted careers and left family, friends and loved ones to venture into unknown and sometimes dangerous territory. They survived racial prejudice and discrimination with dignity, succeeded in jobs women had never worked before and made crucial contributions to the military war effort. 

by Mary Cronk Farrell - Biography, Children's 10+, Education, Nonfiction, Women's History

Fannie Sellins (1872–1919) lived during the Gilded Age of American Industrialization, when the Carnegies and Morgans wore jewels while their laborers wore rags. Fannie dreamed that America could achieve its ideals of equality and justice for all, and she sacrificed her life to help that dream come true. Fannie became a union activist, helping to create St. Louis, Missouri, Local 67 of the United Garment Workers of America. She traveled the nation and eventually gave her life, calling for fair wages and decent working and living conditions for workers in both the garment and mining industries.

Written y Tilar J. Mazzeo and adapted by Mary Cronk Farrell - Children's 10+, Children's Nonfiction, History, Holocaust, Jewish Interest

Irena Sendler was a young Polish woman living in Warsaw during World War II with an incredible story of survival and selflessness. And she’s been long forgotten by history. Until now. This young readers edition of Irena’s Children tells Irena’s unbelievable story set during one of the worst times in modern history. With guts of steel and unfaltering bravery, Irena smuggled thousands of children out of the walled Jewish ghetto in toolboxes and coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints and slipped them through the dank sewers and into secret passages that led to abandoned buildings, where she convinced her friends and underground resistance network to hide them.