New Book Profiles Twelve Women Winners of the Nobel Peace Prize

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With today's announcement of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner it is the perfect time to learn about the twelve women to have won the award in its history. Their stories are told in this new non-fiction book for young readers aged 9-13 published by Second Story Press.

Nobel's Women of Peace offers young readers easy to read biographies of these twelve women, from diverse backgrounds and eras, who are both historical and modern-day heroes. Their stories show great idealism and great ideas, and above all amazing courage. Their accomplishments are made all the more powerful because of the obstacles and adversity that they had to overcome to achieve them.

Baroness Bertha von Suttner, a friend of Alfred Nobel who shared his passion for peace, was the first woman to be awarded the prize over a century ago. Likely the most recognizable figure is Mother Teresa, whose work with the poor and sick in India earned her the affection of millions. The most recent recipient is Wangari Maathai, who founded the Green Belt Movement in Africa and proved that something as simple as helping women plant trees to stop the erosion of their land can have a ripple effect all the way out to the very peacefulness and security of a country.

Full list of women profiled: Bertha von Suttner (Austria); Jane Addams (U.S.); Emily Greene Balch (U.S.); Betty Williams (Ireland); Máiread Corrigan Maguire (Ireland); Mother Teresa (Macedonia/India); Alva Myrdal (Sweden); Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma); Rigoberta Menchú Tum (Guatemala); Jody Williams (U.S.); Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Wangari Maathai (Kenya)

Nobel's Women of Peace is a valuable addition to Second Story Press's acclaimed Women's Hall of Fame Series that profiles the accomplishments of women in a variety of fields. Other volumes in the series include: Exceptional Women Environmentalists; Astonishing Women Artists; Incredible Women Inventors; Remarkable Women Writers; Great Women Leaders; Spectacular Women in Space; Fantastic Female Filmmakers.


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