This beginner's biography starts with the excitement of a Super Bowl game and then retraces the steps one of the players, Tom Brady, took to get there. Readers may find inspiration in the example of Brady, who had to work his way up from back-up player to starter to star player. The book is full of interesting facts about Brady and the many awards he has earned. Full color illustrations, sidebars, and quotations draw the reader in. Large text, ample text spacing, and definitions placed on the page where the challenging word is found combine to make this accessible to struggling readers. Part of the "Sports Illustrated Kids Superstar Athletes" series, the book includes a table of contents, timeline, glossary, links to further information, and an index. All matter is presented clearly, although having the index on its own page would be preferable. The subject and book format may make this title appealing to slightly older readers as well. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.