Book Reviews

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing Book Poster Image
age 14+
Award-winning bio of bigger-than-life blues singer.
By Ann Angel
(2010)
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The Dreamer Book Poster Image
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age 11+
Lyrical, ficionalized biography of famed poet Pablo Neruda.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2010)
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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves Book Poster Image
age 9+
Lively profile of a brave man living in a dangerous time.
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
(2009)
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Django: World's Greatest Jazz Guitarist Book Poster Image
age 7+
Moving bio of jazz guitarist can be a little hard to follow.
By Bonnie Christensen
(2009)
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Diego: Bigger Than Life Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lively free verse bio doesn't gloss over Rivera's appetites.
By Carmen Bernier-Grand
(2009)
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A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson Book Poster Image
age 12+
Lovely first-person narration helps bring Dickinson to life.
By Barbara Dana
(2009)
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The Day-Glo Brothers Book Poster Image
age 6+
Eye-popping biography of inventive brothers.
By Chris Barton
(2009)
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The Great and Only Barnum Book Poster Image
age 8+
Fascinating, thorough look at the showman and his time.
By Candace Fleming
(2009)
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Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson Book Poster Image
age 5+
Daughter's memory of her bigger-than-life, courageous dad.
By Sharon Robinson
(2009)
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book Poster Image
age 13+
Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
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Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith Book Poster Image
age 12+
Award-winning bio of Darwin as a family man is a bit dry.
By Deborah Heiligman
(2008)
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The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth Book Poster Image
age 6+
True story about an amazing boy who thought outside the box.
By Kathleen Krull
(2009)
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Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream Book Poster Image
age 10+
Women pilots fight for a chance to go to the moon.
By Tanya Lee Stone
(2009)
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Three Cups of Tea Book Poster Image
age 9+
Uplifting true story adapted for younger readers.
By Greg Mortenson, Sarah Thomson, David Oliver Relin
(2009)
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One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin Book Poster Image
age 7+
Extraordinary book celebrates curiosity, and an amazing man.
By Kathryn Lasky
(2009)
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The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary Book Poster Image
age 10+
The way biographies for children ought to be done.
By Candace Fleming
(2008)
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No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row Book Poster Image
age 15+
Raw stories from teens on death row; read along with teens.
By Susan Kuklin
(2008)
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Piano Starts Here Book Poster Image
age 6+
Masterful illustrations and an inspirational bio.
By Robert Andrew Parker
(2008)
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The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Book Poster Image
age 14+
Brutal but moving bio-in-verse is best for teens.
By Margarita Engle
(2006)
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Your Own, Sylvia Book Poster Image
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age 13+
Fictionalized bio in verse a great intro to Plath's poetry.
By Stephanie Hemphill
(2007)
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