Jessie: Queen of the Road by Lindsay Ward

Today I’m honored to be participating in the blog tour for Lindsay Ward’s newest title, Jessie: Queen of the Road. Inspired by seven real life female motorcyclist, Jessie tells the story of one spunky motorcycle who takes an adventure and break barriers wherever she goes.

Title: Jessie: Queen of the Road
Author/Illustrator: Lindsay Ward
Published: January 31, 2023
Publisher: Two Lions
Format: Picture Book

This companion to Rosie: Stronger than Steel begins in the early twentieth century, and spans decades, as Jessie tries to enlist during World War I, treks across America, meets other female motorcycles, works as a stunt rider, and even lands a job as a courier during World War II. This historical fiction will give young readers an idea of the obstacles women faced in America throughout history, but is also a delightful story about a lovable, tenacious motorcycle.

The illustrations of American landmarks are wonderfully crafted and create a unique geography curriculum tie-in for classrooms. I especially loved the spread where Jessie gets lost among red rock formations. It took me back to a road trip through the southwest years ago, and reminded me of my nights in Sedona.

The author’s note in the back provides historical reference and further information on the seven women who inspired Jessie’s story, making this a wonderful selection for school libraries.

Jessie: Queen of the Road will be available next week , but you can preorder it today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. I will also be hosting a giveaway over on Instagram, so be sure to keep an eye out!

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Lindsay Ward is the creator of the Dexter T. Rexter series as well as Rosie: Stronger than Steel, Between the Lines, This Book Is Gray, Brobarians, Rosco vs. the Baby, and The Importance of Being 3. Her book Please Bring Balloons was also made into a play. Lindsay lives with her family in Peninsula, Ohio. Learn more about her online at

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