Gr 5-8-These books introduce readers to six influential women in their fields. De Angelis profiles Elizabeth Blackwell, Clara Barton, Marie Curie, Margaret Mead, Rachel Carson, and Antonia Novello. Lutz discusses the early lives and careers of Madam C. J. Walker, Katharine Graham, Mary Kay Ash, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, and Sherry Lansing. Plentiful black-and-white photographs enhance the presentations. However, while competently written, the books fail to capture a sense of excitement or triumph in these women's achievements. There is just enough information here to start a report or to spark students' interest in seeking out longer treatments.-Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.