These succinct biographies focus on ordinary individuals who have made a difference in their communities and the world at large through their modest, yet persistent efforts. Yeboah, a Ghanaian born with a deformed right leg, succeeded in getting fair treatment in a country in which the disabled are routinely shunned and ignored. Through the help of the organization RUGMARK, Tamang, destined to work in Nepal's child slave labor carpet-weaving industry, broke free and actively exposed the industry's conditions. Quadrino, a 13-year-old American nature lover, created a group of bird-nesting boxes to help revive a bird sanctuary destroyed by fire. Easy-to-read, large-print text broken up with bold chapter titles and subheadings is coupled with a colorful, clean design offering numerous full-color photographs, suggestions for further involvement in each cause, and a bibliography with relevant Web sites. These are good introductions to realistic worldwide issues through the eyes and experiences of heroic young people who were both aggressive and brave but also fortunate to encounter professionals and organizations willing to help further their causes.
Rita SoltanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.