Gr 5-7-Seven or eight short chapters cover each subject's childhood, education, personal and professional lives, and career accomplishments. The quality of the writing in these titles varies. Crick is excellent: the style is upbeat, grammatically complex, yet easy to read. The well-written Waksman imparts a sense of the mystery and delight in discovery, making this more obscure, but important, researcher accessible to students. Unfortunately, Ride-which has perhaps the greatest potential audience of the three-plods along with simple declarative sentences and a ponderous passive voice lacking the spirit of adventure notable in the other titles. All three have average-quality, black-and-white photos, large print, and glossy pages.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.