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Children's LiteratureThis entry in the "America's Leaders" series brings readers to the end of George W. Bush's first term. It describes the cabinet position in a clear-cut format, which begins with how and why the particular job came to be. Chapters explain the job, where the person holding the job works, and who can hold this official position. There are several examples of people who have held the position, such as Condoleezza Rice who held the office during the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11. Back matter includes a description of an average day, photos of some of those who have served in this position, and a glossary. There are also lists of websites, more children's books to consult, and boxed "USA Facts." It is a good source of information and condensed without sounding dry. Middle school readers who already have a basic understanding of American history will gain from this, but the format would appeal to other older readers who want to learn more about the President's cabinet. 2004, Blackbirch Press, Ages 10 to 14.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.