Penny Colman

Biography

Penny Colman writes about illustrious and fascinating women and a wide range of significant and intriguing topics in her award-winning books for all ages. Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1944, she grew up in North Warren, Pennsylvania, on the grounds of a state mental hospital, where her father was a psychiatrist. In 1960, she joined a group of teenagers and rode her bicycle (plus took a few train rides) across the U.S. In 1964 she dropped out of college, worked in a frozen food factory in Sweden and hitchhiked throughout Europe, including to Turkey and Greece. Between 1965-1970, she graduated from college and graduate school, got married, and had three very close-in-age children. In 1987, as her children were graduating from high school, Penny Colman embarked on a freelance writing career and has been going full steam ever since. A popular speaker and educator, she has spoken in a variety of venues and taught at universities and colleges, including Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University.

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Books

Spies! Women in the Civil War
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,110. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
Spies! Women in the Civil War tells the thrilling stories of women who served as spies for the North and for the South, including Harriet Tubman who led Union troops on raids up the Combahee River and Belle Boyd who provided information to Confederate generals. Smart, brave, committed, and clever, the women spies were undaunted by the risks of getting shot, arrested, imprisoned, even hanged.
Madam C. J. Walker: Building a Business Empire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,630. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography
Orphaned at an early age, Madam C. J. Walker, who was born Sarah Breedlove, told people, "I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it!" A washerwoman who turned herself into a powerhouse, Madam revolutionized the business of hair-care products for black women. She made lots of money. Some of it she spent on fancy cars and a mansion. But she also used her money to help others.
Selected Writings on Writing Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,800. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » Social history
A collection of selected writings by author Penny Colman, including blog posts and book talks that elucidate her process for writing "Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World," a historical nonfiction narrative for all ages.
Too Old For a Babysitter
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Sounds
Jig and Jag, who are eleven-year old twin sisters, are about to turn twelve-years old. Their brother Tag is about to turn eleven-years old. Their parents think they still need a babysitter. But they don't! No matter how hard they try to convince their parents that they are too old for a babysitter, everything backfires, until something unexpected happens.
Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers: A History of the Bathroom
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,340. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » World
A fascinating, lively account of toilets, tubs, and sanitation systems with intriguingly catchy chapter titles from "Splish, Splash, the First Bath," "The Queen's Toilet," "Ugh, Gross!" to "Bathrooms Beyond Belief." This updated ebook edition underscores the need to raise global awareness that 2.6 billion people live without proper and sustainable sanitation.

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