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KLIATTLerner's series on creative thinkers presents intriguing glimpses of the human heart and spirit at its noblest and most productive. In Words of Promise, coverage of the source of the Negro anthem "Lift E'vry Voice and Sing" captures the agonizingly small advances of black writers in the Jim Crow era. First Son and President follows the life of John Quincy Adams to old age, when he successfully pled the case of the African mutineers aboard the slave ship Amistad. The story of Booker T. Washington, A Hunger for Learning, describes the complex relationship between the educator and President Theodore Roosevelt. Jazz Age Poet characterizes the genius of Langston Hughes and his influence on the Harlem Renaissance. These books illustrate the best in children's nonfiction--quality research and writing and eye appeal at a price that families, schools, and public and church libraries can afford. Highly recommended for the biography shelf. (Creative Minds Biography Series). KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Lerner, 64p. illus. index., each. Ages 12 to 15.
—Mary Ellen Snodgrass