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Lights! Camera! Alice!
The Thrilling True Adventures of the First Woman Filmmaker

Illustrated by Simona Ciraolo
Chronicle Books

NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2019
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2019
Capitol Choices 2019
Chicago Public Library Best Books 2018
Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List 2019

Wisconsin State Reading Association "Picture This" Recommendation List 2020

A Mighty Girl Best Books of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection

In Alice Guy-Blaché, Rockliff finds that holy grail of picture book biographies—a well-documented life of a fascinating woman who has been overlooked. Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books

"Subtly STEM, fun, and beautiful to look at, this take on Alice Guy-Blanché’s life encourages kids to engage with cutting-edge technology and to innovate in new fields."

School Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW

“Young readers will… undoubtedly be inspired by her moxie.” —Booklist

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Lights! Camera! Alice! cover
Meet Alice Guy-Blaché.

She made movies—some of the very first movies, and some of the most exciting!

Blow up a pirate ship? Why not?
Crawl into a tiger's cage? Of course!

Leap off a bridge onto a real speeding train? It will be easy!

Driven by her passion for storytelling, Alice saw a potential for film that others had not seen before, allowing her to develop new narratives, new camera angles, new techniques, and to surprise her audiences again and again. With daring and vision, Alice Guy-Blaché introduced the world to a thrilling frontier of imagination and adventure, and became one of filmmaking's first and greatest innovators. Mara Rockliff tells the story of a girl who grew up loving stories and became an acclaimed storyteller and an inspiration in her own right.

by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Simona Ciraolo
Picture Book
Chronicle Books, 2018
ISBN 978-1452141343

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