School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6 This biography deals with the childhood and teen years of Jackson, ending with the 21-year-old Jackson just beginning his law practice. Hilton provides a good background, describing the difficult colonial world into which Jackson was born. Although there is a good amount of fictionalization, Hilton's writing is clear and easily understood. Occasionally she puts too much emphasis on people or incidents which have little importance, and there is an almost complete lack of historical analysis. Uninspired black-and-white illustrations add little to the story. Hilton does avoid the excessive use of hero worship so common in many older biographies. Even though this is not a complete biography of Jackson, and other titles will be necessary to achieve a balanced collection, many children enjoy reading about the childhood adventures of famous people. Libraries needing material of this type should consider using this book to replace older titles such as Andy Jackson, Boy Soldier (Bobbs-Merrill, 1952; o.p.) by Stevenson and Andrew Jackson (Scribners, 1951; o.p.) by Foster. Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, Mo.
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