Jason Reynolds

9781543541311. WATSON, Stephanie. Colin Kaepernick. ISBN 9781543541281.ea vol: 32p. (Influential People). chron. further reading. glossary. illus. index. photos. Capstone. Aug. 2018. Tr $21.49
Gr 4–7–This new series profiles a wide range of prominent people, from athletes to authors to royalty. The titles present the obstacles their subjects overcame and spotlight their positive impact on the world. The series benefits from a diverse, contemporary set of subjects who will spark reader interest. Any controversy, particularly in regard to Colin Kaepernick, is addressed evenhandedly. The text, written between a second and third grade reading level, is easily digestible for struggling readers, with about six sentences per page and four chapters in total. Though the volumes are short, each one packs in extensive biographical information. Attractive page layouts feature vivid, often full-page photographs, along with doodle-style drawings. Each book contains nonfiction text features like bold words, captions, a glossary, time line, index, and a list of further resources. An interactive activity, such as writing a poem or organizing a sports day, is also included, which serves as a way for readers to take action and make a difference like the inspiring figures they are reading about.
VERDICT This series, directed toward middle graders, is an excellent choice for biographical research.

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