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Calkins Creek
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In this historical novel, noted writer Carolyn Meyer deftly captures the daring and passionate life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Growing up, young Peggy White was interested in snakes and caterpillars and other unfeminine things. She intended to become a herpetologist, but while she was still in college, her interest in nature changed to a fascination with photography. As her skill with a camera grew, her focus widened from landscapes architecture to shots of factories, trains, and bridges. Her artist’s eye sharpened to see patterns and harsh beauty where others saw only chaos and ugliness. Totally dedicated to her work, and driven by her ambition to succeed, Margaret Bourke-White became a well-known and sought after photographer, traveling all over the United States and Europe. She was the first female war photojournalist in World War II and the first female photographer for Life magazine, which featured one of her photographs on its very first cover. A comprehensive author’s note provides additional information to round out readers’ understanding of this fascinating and inspiring historical figure.


“Carolyn Meyer gives readers of historical fiction another portrait of a strong, independent woman…based on the real life of Margaret Bourke-White, the first female war photojournalist and famous LIFE Magazine photographer. The book...journeys through her…failures and successes as a commercial photographer during a time when women were supposed to be content with getting married and raising children….includes several reproductions of her images, along with notes from the author and picture credits.” -School Library Connection  

“Meyer has clearly done her research…to create an absorbing narrative… (that) ably conveys the photographer’s grit, gumption and resourcefulness…this compelling offering…(is) a good choice for curricular connections as well as personal reading. - School Library Journal

“This is an excellent guide for readers interested in having a career as a photographer. Meyer offers much useful advice for the aspiring photographer…this account of a courageous, trailblazing woman will appeal to most young adult readers.” VOYA  

“Historical novelist Meyer introduces readers to groundbreaking American photographer and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. Noted for her fearlessness and innovation, her gender did not seem to present a huge barrier to her ambition…This solid fictionalized biography should prompt readers to seek out Bourke-White’s work.” Booklist  

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Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Meyer is the award-winning author of numerous novels for children and young adults, many of them on courageous women of the past. Her books include Girl with a Camera, about Margaret Bourke-White, and Diary of a Waitress, about the Harvey Girls of the American West. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her at

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