Everyone knows Pike's Peak, but just who was Zebulon Pike? An ambitious, honorable young Army officer, Pike was eager to make a name for himself. In 1806, he was tapped to lead an expedition to explore the western mountains, a trip that included a bit of treachery and spying in the newly acquired western lands. In mid-November, Pike looked through his telescope, spotting the famous peak that today bears his name. The expedition ended in 1807 when Pike was captured by the Spanish and taken to Mexico. Pike died from wounds during the War of 1812. In this very readable book, the author draws heavily from Pike's own journals, giving the reader personal insight into a well-known name but lesser-known person. This series presents a nicely balanced collection of biographies from the American Frontier era including Native Americans, women, African Americans, and white men. Although there is conformity in pagination and types of materials included, each volume has a different author and stands alone as a good read, suitable for both school assignments and pleasure reading. Time lines covering the person and the major events are included, and plentiful sidebars and illustrations, maps, and photographs add depth to the text. Other titles in the series include James Beckwourth: Mountaineer, Scout, and Pioneer; Crazy Horse: Sioux Warrior; Geronimo: Apache Warrior; Sam Houston: Texas Hero; and Sarah Winnemucca: Scout, Activist, and Teacher. (Signature Lives: American Frontier Era). VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, CompassPoint Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.