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Children's LiteratureThese short "Robbie Reader" biographies are packed with full-color, full-action photographs, an added appeal to their intended audience — young people who are not reading well or easily. They are chapter books that highlight interesting details that can apply to the young reader as well — LeBron James deciding to finish high school in Akron, Ohio, even though he was already being scouted for professional teams. This biography does not sugar-coat LeBron's background. He is the son of a teenage mother who was loving but unable to offer him a solid home life, free from violence or poverty. He moved in with a coach but stayed with his mother on weekends. By the time he was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he had become rich but "so far, LeBron has done a fine job handling his fame and wealth...and he is very close to his mother." Those two lines alone can generate discussion even among the youngest readers. There is a short but useful list of additional resources as well as an index and a glossary. This biography will hold the interest of readers of any ability and it is easy to use for early research reports. 2004, Mitchell Lane, Ages 7 to 10.