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Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

by John Albert Albert Torres, John Albert Torres, John Torres

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Children's Literature
Given how many kids became interested in golf because of Tiger Woods, this book should find a wide audience. Torres gives a simple, readable account of this remarkable young athlete's life, without leaving out the painful stuff. A wrist injury forced Woods out of the U.S. Open. He was constantly pestered to turn pro before he was ready. And recently, Woods was criticized for practicing his swing rather than paying tribute to deceased golfer Payne Stewart. By including these details, the author shows that Woods' life has been as complicated as anyone else's. Yet his successes show young readers, subtly, the value of hard work and commitment. Part of the "Real-Life Reader Biography" series. 2002, Mitchell Lane, $15.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer:Donna Freedman
This title belongs to the Real-Life Reader Biography series, which boasts an impressive list of short biographies on celebrities popular with teens and preteens. According to the book jacket, this series "presents the lives of contemporary role models for young readers. These are the stories of real men and women who, despite many obstacles, followed their dreams." Each book begins with an anecdote establishing the extraordinary nature of the subject and then moves on to tell the rest of his or her life story. Tiger Woods begins with his 1997 win at the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia�a defining moment in his career �and then backtracks to describe his rise to professional fame despite his being of African American and Asian descent. Although the authors of the books are different, the format and style are very similar. The authors seem chosen for their level of expertise and experience�Torres alone has written more than twenty sports biographies. The books tell a lively story and are not just a regurgitation of the facts. These biographies are short and entertaining reads, with large print and plenty of photos�perfect for projects and speeches. Each book ends with a short index and a helpful chronology. Although there is nothing extraordinary about this series, it offers solid choices for biography collections�particularly those in need of some current pop culture icons such as Sheryl Swoopes, Jennifer Lopez, and Jessica Simpson. Select from the many titles offered to fill gaps in the collection for middle schoolers. Index. Photos. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2002,Mitchell Lane, 32p. PLB
— Julie Roberts

Product Details

Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Real Life Reader Biography Series
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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