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Children's LiteratureAs part of the series, "Fact Finders," this biography is well written and the format is certainly reader friendly. Historical photographs that add interest and support the text accompany every page. The author also includes boxes in the margins of the pages that contain either quotations or facts. Did you know that Malcom believed that he had no choice for himself but a life of crime? His very controversial life is portrayed in this biography and as a reader I was left thinking much about this man whose life began and ended with tragedy. The author selects her words well in describing his life and brings interest and energy to each page. This biography covers all the important turning points for Malcom X and shows how his life changed throughout the years. Included at the back of the book are "Fast Facts," a "Time Line," a "Glossary," "Internet sites," "Read More" and an "Index." All vocabulary words that can be found in the glossary are highlighted. It amazes me how much information is given in just 32 pages. The quotations chosen for this book are great, but my favorite is, "I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." What a great writing prompt that would be! Both boys and girls will find this biography interesting. It would be perfect in a classroom or school library. It can be used as a resource for a research paper or for nonfiction reading. I highly recommend this book because the format is easy to follow and the short chapters will benefit even reluctant readers. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 11.
—Kathie M. Josephs