Gr 6-10 A book that details the lives of seven remarkable people who were born with and learned to live with severe physical differences. Included are Charles ``Tom Thumb'' Stratton; Robert Wadlow (the Alton giant); Julia ``the Apewoman'' Pastrana; Chang and Eng, the ``original'' Siamese twins; Joseph (the Elephant Man) Merrick; and Carl Herrmann Unthan, ``the Armless Wonder.'' All of these people managed to rise above difficulties that would have defeated less strong personalities, although all were forced, by circumstance or by fortune, to use the fascination that others felt for their differences to make a living. Some, indeed, were even denied dignity in death. The illustrations, black-and-white photos and reproductions of book illustrations, newspaper clippings, engravings and daguerrotypes, range from merely interesting to uncomfortable to look at, although none truly pander to the mere seeker of grotesques. While Drimmer is obviously sympathetic to the unenviable situations of his subjects and deals with their horrendous difficulties in a tasteful manner, the subject material will be off-putting to some, intriguing and edifying to others. Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, N.Y.