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Children's LiteratureGloria Estefan, a Cuban-born Latin singing sensation, was a major contributor to the popular music scene of the 1980s. This book, part of the "Fact Finders Biographies: Great Hispanics" series, provides an in-depth portrait of a talented female artist and woman of strength and courage. The young reader will learn about Gloria's childhood, her move to the United States, emerging interests in music, her rise to fame, and her near fatal car accident. The reader will also get a snapshot of historical and scientific facts, as well as learn key words and concepts, such as the Pan American Games, Vietnam War, Fidel Castro, political involvement, multiple sclerosis, spine research, and advocacy for those in need. This series is written in an easily understood format with an interest level from second to fifth grade. With a readability level of the third to fourth grade, this text gives the struggling reader ample information without becoming excessively wordy. The text boxes within a photograph detail pertinent information and lend support and depth to the text. The last few pages promote the acquisition of new knowledge by providing "Fast Facts" for quick reference, a glossary, and a safe Internet search option. Also in the last few pages is a timeline of Gloria's life that could easily be used prior to beginning a social studies lesson on writing personal biographies. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.