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The Fastest Girl on Earth!: Meet Kitty O'Neil, Daredevil Driver!

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Gear up for this high-powered picture book biography about Kitty O'Neil, the stuntwoman and racecar driver who broke the women's land speed record! Kitty O'Neil was a force to be reckoned with. She became deaf as a child, and grew up loving sports and action. Kitty jumped, ran, raced, and swam, all while learning to read lips and communicating through sign language. Eve Gear up for this high-powered picture book biography about Kitty O'Neil, the stuntwoman and racecar driver who broke the women's land speed record! Kitty O'Neil was a force to be reckoned with. She became deaf as a child, and grew up loving sports and action. Kitty jumped, ran, raced, and swam, all while learning to read lips and communicating through sign language. Eventually, Kitty took a job as a stuntwoman, doing the most dangerous job on set and even filming stunts for films like Wonder Woman! Still, Kitty wanted more thrills. She became a racecar driver and sought to do what no woman had done before. She chose the aptly named Motivator and trained like a true champion. In 1976, Kitty and the Motivator broke the land speed record, racing at over 600 miles per hour! Kitty was a hero to fans everywhere, and proved that she was truly unstoppable.


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Gear up for this high-powered picture book biography about Kitty O'Neil, the stuntwoman and racecar driver who broke the women's land speed record! Kitty O'Neil was a force to be reckoned with. She became deaf as a child, and grew up loving sports and action. Kitty jumped, ran, raced, and swam, all while learning to read lips and communicating through sign language. Eve Gear up for this high-powered picture book biography about Kitty O'Neil, the stuntwoman and racecar driver who broke the women's land speed record! Kitty O'Neil was a force to be reckoned with. She became deaf as a child, and grew up loving sports and action. Kitty jumped, ran, raced, and swam, all while learning to read lips and communicating through sign language. Eventually, Kitty took a job as a stuntwoman, doing the most dangerous job on set and even filming stunts for films like Wonder Woman! Still, Kitty wanted more thrills. She became a racecar driver and sought to do what no woman had done before. She chose the aptly named Motivator and trained like a true champion. In 1976, Kitty and the Motivator broke the land speed record, racing at over 600 miles per hour! Kitty was a hero to fans everywhere, and proved that she was truly unstoppable.

30 review for The Fastest Girl on Earth!: Meet Kitty O'Neil, Daredevil Driver!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    As a child, Kitty O’Neil loved to go fast. She loved running, riding on the lawn mower with her father, and swimming and diving. Though she lost her hearing due to a childhood fever, it never slowed Kitty down. Kitty grew up to be a stuntwoman in movies. She also set records as the fastest water skier and boat racer. Then Kitty set her sights on being the fastest driver. Her car was called the Motivator and it was rocket powered, capable of going over 300 mph, if Kitty could steer it at that spe As a child, Kitty O’Neil loved to go fast. She loved running, riding on the lawn mower with her father, and swimming and diving. Though she lost her hearing due to a childhood fever, it never slowed Kitty down. Kitty grew up to be a stuntwoman in movies. She also set records as the fastest water skier and boat racer. Then Kitty set her sights on being the fastest driver. Her car was called the Motivator and it was rocket powered, capable of going over 300 mph, if Kitty could steer it at that speed. The woman’s land speed record at the time was 308 mph. Kitty went 618 mph! She became an American hero in the 1970’s even having an action figure made in her likeness. Kitty continued to be a champion of children with disabilities and held records in an incredible range of sports. Robbins’ book about Kitty O’Neil is just as fast paced as her records. His writing is brisk, opening the book with Kitty in her rocket car and closing the book with her record drive. This frames the story very successfully, as young readers will want to know what happens on that historic drive. Robbins also captures the breathlessness of the countdowns, the danger of the drive, and Kitty’s own fearlessness. It’s a marvelous rocket read of a book just right for the subject. The art, done in pencil, watercolor, acrylic and digital, get readers right into the cockpit with O’Neil. They capture her joy at going fast and breaking records. With bright colors, they also show the dynamic moments of the countdowns, the acceleration, the determination and the eventual win. A wild ride of book about a deaf woman driver who became a hero. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    The inspiring story of daredevil, Kitty O'Neil, who set speed records in different athletic categories despite losing her ability to hear when she was an infant! The author, Dean Robbins, uses the refrain "but she could feel it in her bones" throughout the narrative, inviting readers to see and feel Kitty's story. Illustrator, Elizabeth Baddeley, chose a bright yellow and red palette for the heroine, highlighting her infectious enthusiasm on each page. The endpapers also show the sign language f The inspiring story of daredevil, Kitty O'Neil, who set speed records in different athletic categories despite losing her ability to hear when she was an infant! The author, Dean Robbins, uses the refrain "but she could feel it in her bones" throughout the narrative, inviting readers to see and feel Kitty's story. Illustrator, Elizabeth Baddeley, chose a bright yellow and red palette for the heroine, highlighting her infectious enthusiasm on each page. The endpapers also show the sign language for 1-10, a great teaching tool! Young thrill seekers at home will definitely want to read this over and over again!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    An inspiring true story of Kitty O'Neill, who set multiple speed records. Despite losing her hearing as a child, O'Neill never let that slow her down. My daughter enjoyed this picture book, she just wished there was more of it. The very brief text didn't give much details and left my child googling to fill in the gaps in the story. An inspiring true story of Kitty O'Neill, who set multiple speed records. Despite losing her hearing as a child, O'Neill never let that slow her down. My daughter enjoyed this picture book, she just wished there was more of it. The very brief text didn't give much details and left my child googling to fill in the gaps in the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    What a go-getter! Interesting PB biography of an impressive but lesser-known athlete. Strong representation of a disability experience, with a repeating visual cue of circles for sound/sensation. Good backmatter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    It was okay. Didn't really convey how cool she really was. It was okay. Didn't really convey how cool she really was.

  6. 4 out of 5

    mg

    WOMAN. She was a WOMAN when she set the record. Can we please stop calling full grown women "girls"? Please??? WOMAN. She was a WOMAN when she set the record. Can we please stop calling full grown women "girls"? Please???

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richelle

    Good story! Interesting facts about Kitty, racing, and being hearing impaired.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    I only wish this story had been told by a Deaf author and illustrator.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    Another vibrant picture book biography of a woman who made history.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annese

    Love the end page illustrations, signing numbers 1-10!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Caralen

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura McBride

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Labonte

  18. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara Van Meter

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim Higgins

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christina Ingraham

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  27. 4 out of 5

    Paul Mamani

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jj

  30. 5 out of 5

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