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A Girl's Guide to the Wild
Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer!
By (author): Ruby McConnell Illustrated by: Teresa Grasseschi
9781632171719 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 SELF-HELP / Journaling May 21, 2019
$17.99 CAD
Active 5.52 x 7.5 x 0.73 in 272 pages Sasquatch Books Little Bigfoot
Girls belong outdoors! This handbook covers everything you need to get outside, including ideas for what to do, camping and hiking basics, body stuff in the wilderness, advanced skills like maps, weather, and first aid, as well as recipes, projects, activities, and profiles of inspiring outdoorswomen.

Your definitive guide to getting outside—for girls ages 9-12! In addition to basic outdoor skills, this entertaining guidebook includes easy camping recipes, outdoor projects including science experiments and crafts, fun activity suggestions, and inspiring stories of diverse historical and contemporary outdoorswomen (such as Arunima Sinha, the first amputee woman to summit Mount Everest; Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts; and Libby Riddles, first woman to win the Iditarod). The goal is to improve the quality of girls’ outdoor time by increasing participation and independence, making them feel comfortable and safe, and giving them essential skills and knowledge. Charming and approachable, this book will encourage both reluctant campers and budding naturalists to go wild and embrace the outdoors.

Series Overview: A Girl’s Guide to the Wild books offer accessible and engaging ways to empower girls to feel comfortable and confident outdoors.

Publication History: Trade Paperback Original

YOUNG READERS’ ADAPTATION OF SUCCESSFUL ADULT TITLE: Our beloved A Woman’s Guide to the Wild (03/16) has sold over 13,500 units.

BEAUTIFUL PACKAGE: The book will have 2-color printing plus rounded corners and a water-resistant cover.

LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED: Chock-full of lovely vintage-Girl-Scout-Guide-inspired illustrations (85+).

ACCESSIBLE, MATTER-OF-FACT VOICE demystifies outdoor adventures and encourages girls to get outside.

FOR FANS OF THE DARING BOOK FOR GIRLS (Over 800k copies sold) and Girl Scouts

MOTIVATED AUTHOR: Ruby McConnell is a talented author (winner of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship) as well as a great speaker with a growing PNW following who is eager to promote her work.

RUBY MCCONNELL is the author of A Woman’s Guide to the Wild; she’s also a geologist, environmental advocate, and dancer. Her work has appeared in Grain Magazine, Misadventures Magazine, Oregon Quarterly, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Fungi Magazine, among others.

Author Residence: Eugene, OR

Author Hometown: Portland, OR

TERESA GRASSESCHI is an illustrator, painter, and lifelong glasses wearer who spends her days making pictures for books, brands, and galleries. Her work has been featured in publications such as Stereogum, Rolling Stone, and the Wall Street Journal. This is her first book for children. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Follow her on Instagram @TeresaGrasseschi.

Illustrator Residence: Seattle, WA

Illustrator Hometown: Seattle, WA

Marketing: National media targeting outdoors and women’s magazines

Online marketing campaign with local outdoors groups like Washington Trails Association and women’s outdoor organizations

Author events in Washington and Oregon

Promotion through author’s blog and social media

Publicity: National publicity targeting women and girl’s interest media

Regional publicity targeting lifestyle and outdoors media throughout the Northwest

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“Empowering and entertaining”—Seattle Times

“Girls seeking to spend time outdoors will find information, inspiration, and planning tips in this guide.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Its useful information fills a critical and largely unoccupied niche in outdoors literature…the mere fact that this book exists is cause for celebration”—Foreword Magazine

“A dominant theme accompanying the accessible advice is gentle admonitions to make sure that everyone is having a good time: be sure that activities are accessible to all and that everyone is included, follow the rules and take care of one another, and, of course, always be prepared. Both kid and adult outdoors-women will appreciate the practical and thoughtful advice and should feel ready to tackle new adventures.”—Booklist

“This book is a must have for a young adventurer or future young adventurer in your life.”—Eugene Weekly

“With basic outdoor skills, camp recipes, outdoor projects, and inspiring stories, this guide improves the quality of girls’ outdoor time by helping them feel comfortable with skills and knowledge.”—She Explores


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