Gr 7 Up-This introduction to an important American literary figure is notable for its clear and succinct writing. Beginning with descriptions of Dickinson's family, early childhood, and formal education, the narrative is enhanced by many black-and-white photos, illustrations, lithographs, and facsimiles. Described by one of her teachers as "shy and nervous," Dickinson buried her feelings in her poetry and letters. Meltzer speculates about her poor health, her family responsibilities, her love life, and her reluctance to leave familiar surroundings. During her lifetime, Lincoln was elected and assassinated, the Women's Suffrage Movement was born, Civil War broke out, and slavery was abolished. Despite these important events, the poet preferred to write about the natural world outside her window and everyday occurrences. Excerpts from her letters and poems appear throughout. A worthwhile book for students who might have difficulty with more scholarly works.-Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.