Who says girls can't be cowboys? Lucille Mulhall wasn't like most girls in the 1890s. She didn't give a lick about sewing or cooking or becoming a lady. Lucille had her heart set on roping and riding. At a time when most women couldn't vote or own property, Lucille never let society's expectations or the dangers of roping and riding stop her from pursuing her passion. Traveling around the country, she broke records and thrilled crowds with her daring acts. Soon cowboys, ranch hands, and folks all over the world cheered for the feisty and fearless girl cowboy.
"The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams . . . there's no lack of sass and color . . . Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers." —Kirkus Reviews
"The lighthearted text is matched by expressive, cartoon-style illustrations that show the fear, determination, pride, and jubilation this indomitable woman experienced. A more detailed afterword and time line flesh out Mulhall's life. VERDICT An inspiration to young riders, this title will round out biography sections." —School Library Journal
"Illustrated by Suzanne Beaky. Zesty art and energetic prose with folksy inflections tell the tale of the original “girl cowboy.” Young Oklahoman Mulhall defied turn-of-the-last-century gender norms (defended by her ultra-traditional mother), entering rough-riding and roping competitions at thirteen and ultimately traveling the country showing off her prize-winning and record-breaking skills, including for President Teddy Roosevelt. An author’s note fills in some gaps. Timeline." —The Horn Book