Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts

illus. by Leah Tinari. 56p. S. & S./Aladdin. Nov. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781534418554.
Gr 6 Up—With strokes and washes of day-glo lime and tangerine, Tinari brings streetwise styling to the portraits of 24 "dynamic doers, makers, creators, innovators, and fighters" in this collection. Using bold black, swaths of charcoal accents, and pops of bright color, Tinari renders a roughly life-size face on each recto page, surrounded by birth and death dates, phrases, quotes, and a life highlight or two. A short quote (and an "accidental" paint splotch or watery blot) stands alone on verso pages. Most women gaze directly at readers, surrounded by words that squeeze on, tumble off, and crowd into nearly all the white spaces. Paint spatters, pointing arrows, and exclamation points lend additional energy to each portrait. The roughly chronological arrangement begins with Sojourner Truth and ends with soccer superstar Abby Wambach. Louisa May Alcott, Yuri Kochiyama, Aretha Franklin, and Ellen Degeneres also appear. The engaging portraits, brief text, and approachable layout make this a solid middle school browse, and a stepping stone to deeper explorations.
VERDICT Consider for large middle school libraries.

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