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Children's LiteratureAt a time when the sports world has become jaundiced by the specter of steroid-fueled super-stardom, it is a pleasure to read the biography of a man who achieved his success through focus, dedication and years of hard work. From the first sentence, Ford leads us directly into the heart of her subject: "Roberto Clemente had dreamed about baseball for most of his 19 years." Capturing both the excitement of baseball and the complexity of Clemente's character, this book tells a compelling story of drive and determination. Young readers who are not very involved in baseball—either as players or as fans—may get a bit bogged down in all the statistics of RBIs and batting averages, but baseball lovers will relish the detail. There could be a few more photographs to break up the text, but overall, this is a well-written and enjoyable book. Back matter includes detailed chapter notes and a bibliography full of books appropriate for middle-grade readers. This book is part of Enslow's "Latino Biography Library" series. 2005, Enslow Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Barbara Carroll Roberts