Children's LiteratureDespite frequently uninspired prose ("The money was great. Alicia got a very good piano."), the subject of this latest book in the "Today's Superstars" series is inspiring in itself. Born Alicia Augello Cook to a white Italian mom and an African-American dad, "Keys" became her surname when she signed her first record deal. We learn that mom sacrificed her acting dream not only to take care of Alicia, but (luckily for them both!) to provide Suzuki method piano lessons as well. Though Alicia's beauty and beautiful voice may have come easily, her piano playing did not: she devoted six hours a day to classical piano, often falling asleep from exhaustion at the keys. Clearly, in this fairy tale story, the hard work of both mother and daughter more than paid off. Alicia has not only earned some ten million dollars, she is one of only three women to have won five Grammy Awards in one night. One of the few worthwhile sidebars lists some famous overlooked musicians who, unlike Alicia, never received the Grammy for Best New Artist: Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and the Rolling Stones. Fans of Ms. Keys will find this fun and interesting reading. Given the subject's own award-winning songwriting, however, it does seem a shame that precious few of her own words are included among Horn's. 2006, Gareth Stevens, Ages 10 to 13.