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Children's Nonfiction Historical

No Girls Allowed

Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

by (author) Susan Hughes

illustrated by Willow Dawson

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Aug 2008
Historical, General, Girls & Women
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2008
    List Price

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A female pharaoh? A woman general in the Kahn's army? A female Viking raider? No way, you say? Look again. Appearances can be deceiving ...

Based on legends, poems, letters and first-hand accounts, these seven biographical tales tell of women who disguised themselves as men. From ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages to the 19th century, this historically accurate graphic treatment is perfect to transport readers back to bygone eras. The lives of these daring women were often filled with danger and the fear of discovery. However, for the sake of freedom, ambition, love or adventure, these women risked everything. No Girls Allowed brings a contemporary edge to a part of history largely untold - until now.

About the authors


Susan Hughes
a étudié la littérature anglaise à l'Université de Toronto. Depuis, elle
écrit et publie des livres pour enfants, à la fois des fictions et des
documentaires. Elle habite avec sa famille à Toronto.


Susan Hughes studied English literature at the University of Toronto. She writes both fiction and non-fiction children's books. She lives with her family in Toronto.

Susan Hughes' profile page

Award winning author and illustrator Willow Dawson’s books include Ghost Limb, Hyena In Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea with Helaine Becker, Lila and Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes, and the upcoming The Wolf-Birds. Her books have been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Willow Dawson also teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Willow Dawson's profile page


  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award, Ontario Library Association
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

... the stories in this graphic novel are as exciting as they are motivational.—Library Media Connection

No Girls Allowed is simultaneously edgy and rounded, an instant hit of innovative storytelling.—CM Magazine

... Hughes's simple language and Dawson's clean, black-and-white ink drawings steer the work in the same no-nonsense direction and do an adequate job of presenting this uniquely themed offering.—Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

Hatshepsut, a princess determined to be a pharaoh. Mu Lan, a daughter ready to bear arms for her father. Margaret Buckley, a student eager to become a surgeon. What did these women have in common? Each one was told “no girls allowed,” and none of them listened. Includes an afterword and bibliography.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

Other titles by Susan Hughes

Other titles by Willow Dawson