Dangerous Jane

illus. by Alice Ratterree. 40p. bibliog. chron. photos. Peachtree. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781561459131.
PreS-Gr 3—Slade continues her line of outstanding nonfiction picture books with her latest offering, about Jane Addams. Many young historians know Addams as the creator of Hull House in Chicago, but this title will give them a more well-rounded account of her life. Readers learn of her childhood hardships, including losing her mother as a toddler and being diagnosed with what doctors believed was tuberculosis of the spine. Addams was also a peace activist during World War I and was named the "most dangerous woman in America" by the FBI for her humanitarian work abroad in the years after the war. This short biography emphasizes the value of doing what is right despite criticism. Written in short, lyrical bursts, Addams's story will hold readers' attention. Back matter contains a time line and a more in-depth afterword. Soft pencil and watercolor illustrations recall the turn of the 20th century. In Slade's and Ratterree's hands, Addams's legacy shines brightly for the next generation of advocates.
VERDICT A stirring addition to any school or public library's biography section. Pair with titles such as Tanya Lee Stone's The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams. Hand to readers looking to make a difference in the world.

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