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VOYAJ. K. Rowling and J. R. R. Tolkien are undoubtedly two of the most recognizable literary names in the young adult world today. These biographies are part of the Greenwood Biographies series developed in response to demand from high schools and public libraries. They are designed for high school students who need accessible, grade-appropriate materials for school assignments. The information presented is quite readable and of a reasonable length. Rowling's biography opens with a brief chapter defining her current status in the celebrity world. Subsequent chapters cover her early life and family, her school years, and her early career as a teacher. A long chapter is devoted to Harry Potter, and the volume concludes with controversies and criticisms surrounding the author's life and work. In the conclusion, Kirk states that it is too soon to predict the staying power of Rowling's works. Appendixes include a timeline; awards; Rowling's personal readings, which not surprisingly include Tolkien; organizations important to Rowling; and addresses. An extensive bibliography completes the volume. Four photographs are included. The biography of Tolkien opens with his time line and a chapter delineating his earliest life in South Africa and Birmingham, England. Jones includes insightful material on Victorian England to help the reader know more about Tolkien's roots. Several chapters cover his early schooling, Oxford, and his career as a young academic. The relationship of Tolkien's love of language and his writing is made clear, and his prominence as a scholar is noted. Both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are well covered. Notes conclude each chapter; an appendix contains an exhaustive listingof Tolkien's works. Well researched and written, these biographies will serve both the interested reader and the student looking for report material. Among other series entries are profiles of Al Capone, Colin Powell, and Margaret Mead. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Greenwood, 160p.; Index. Photos. Biblio. Chronology. Appendix., PLB. Ages 12 to 18.