Children's LiteratureTo many students, Charlotte Bronte is just another name listed on an English Literature syllabus, and Jane Eyre just another reading assignment. This book, one of the "Writers and Their Works" series, tries to bring literary criticism out of the college classroom and into the hands of high school students. The book begins with a brief biography of the gifted author. She was a woman who struggled to maintain her independence, refusing numerous marriage proposals until she met the man she loved, only to die a few months after their wedding. The next chapter puts her life in the context of the times, showing just how amazing it was for her to achieve the acclaim she did. The book also analyzes two of her novels: Jane Eyre and Villette. While this book may not work as an introduction to Bronte, it would make a good supplemental text for literature teachers, as well as an interesting read for those kids who love biography. It is also a great introduction to literary criticism. 2006, Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, Ages 12 up.