Healing Warrior

A Story about Sister Elizabeth Kenny

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 1942, polio epidemics raged out of control, and medical treatments were largely unsuccessful in fighting the disease. When Elizabeth Kenny, a self-taught nurse, boldly declared she had found an effective treatment, the desperate public took notice. The medical community, however, considered her a quack. After countless battles for recognition, Sister Kenny’s results proved her right, and Kenny’s methods were used to save thousands world-wide from life-long paralysis. From Elizabeth Kenny’s childhood in the Australian bushlands to her triumph against polio and skeptics, biographer Emily Crofford skillfully brings this memorable character to life.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007020, JNF007090, JNF007120
Dewey 362.1'96835'0092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 830
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides


  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 1989


School Library Journal

“. . .authoritative and objective.”
School Library Journal

Author: Emily Crofford

Illustrator: Steve Michaels

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →