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VOYAThe six books in this series will intrigue middle schoolers with their amped-up style of brightly colored photos and information that gets to the heart of people behind the legend. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Jackie Robinson, Colin Powell, and Gwendolyn Brooks are showcased as leading the way throughout American history. Inspiring quotes such as "I Don't Believe in Failure" for Oprah Winfrey, or "Have a Vision. Be Demanding" for Colin Powell are visible on the book covers and interspersed throughout the text. Background information is included without being sensationalistic, yet it does not avoid controversy, such as when Oprah went on trial against the Texas cattlemen for supposedly affecting the crash in the meat market. Such honesty represents the true characters profiled in each book. Although the volumes are short, they satisfactorily pack in a lifetime of achievement without overwhelming or under-representing the successful person. How Colin Powell moved through the military ranks and often turned down job offers and the effect it had on his family and as an African American are discussed. Unfamiliar terms are explained in the texts and in light boxes. Further reading including non-print materials is available at the end of each book. Students writing reports on modern-day African Americans will appreciate the presentation and content of this series. There is an added bonus in the inspiration one hopes that teens will derive from the quotes by which these African Americans lived, possibly inspiring young readers to become whatever they want despite obstacles. (African-American Biography Library). VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M (Better than most, marred only by occasionallapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2005, Enslow, 128p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 14.