Picture Book Review: Fearless Mary by Tami Charles

Looking for your next read? Check out Fearless Mary by Tami Charles, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Leticia S.

Fearless Mary by Tami Charles is a juvenile biography about ex-slave Mary Fields. Mary Fields saw a Help Wanted sign for a stagecoach driver in Cascade, Montana. Even though she was in her 60’s, she decided to apply for the job. Mary knew she could outride any man and hitch horses with the best of them! Even though slavery had ended there was still discrimination in 1895 and Black people especially Black women were not allowed to do this kind of work. She stood in line until the manager could see what she could do. He was so impressed by her skills he hired Mary Fields to be the first African-American woman to drive a stagecoach.

This book details some of Mary Fields’ adventures. She was known as Fearless Mary because she was not scared of any man or animal. She delivered the mail no matter what! The author found out about Mary Fields on Facebook during Women’s History Month. The picture showed a woman proudly perched on a stagecoach. The author knew she had to find out more about this woman.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in little known African-American pioneers. It was an enjoyable read. Fearless Mary can be found on bookshelves and on Hoopla..

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