Part of the Collective Biographies series, this book profiles noted young adult authors in eight- to ten-page sketches that are easy to read and have a well-designed layout. Every chapter contains two or three black-and-white photos of the ten authors profiled: Judy Blume, Virginia Hamilton, Julius Lester, Lois Lowry, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Gary Soto, R. L. Stine, and Laurence Yep. Although not extensive, these descriptive overviews cover each author's childhood and entrée into the world of literature. For some, including Hamilton, Stine, and Lowry, storytelling and books were an integral part of their early lives. For others, such as Soto and Paulsen, books entered their lives when they were teens looking to escape the chaos of home life. Other new titles in the series include Asian American Authors, American Horror Writers, Trailblazing American Women, and American Civil Rights Leaders. Laurence Yep appears in both Ten Terrific Authors and the book on Asian Americans. Stine also is profiled in the book on horror writers. Each brief book follows the same format with Web sites included among further readings and sources. Although not comprehensive, this series of brief biographical sketches of people of interest will prove useful to today's young teens. Index. Photos. Source Notes. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2000, Enslow, 128p. PLB $20.95. Ages 12 to 14. Reviewer: Marian Rafal SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Authors featured here include Judy Blume, Virginia Hamilton, Julius Lester, Lois Lowry, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Katherine Paterson, Gary Paulsen, Gary Soto, R. L. Stine, and Laurence Yep. The biographical profiles range in length from 9 to 12 pages and begin with an interesting anecdote from the subject's life. A discussion of the individual's early years, family, education, and adulthood follows. Details presented capture the personalities and the pleasures and frustrations of the profession. Several clear, black-and-white photographs of the writers, some full page, illustrate the book. A resource that is likely to spark more interest in these already popular authors.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.