The facts of John Hancock's life are spun out into a narrative in which he is viewed fondly rather than critically. Without avoiding Hancock's well documented foibles, the author minimizes them. This serves to inflate Hancock's reputation and unfocus reader perspective. While, adult historians have rated Hancock's ability at trade as medi, Mr. Wagner shows a hardworking merchant prince. Where the critical biographer at the adult level weighs Hancock against his fellow Revolutionaries and finds him intellectually wanting, Mr. Wagner reports rather than analyzes. The bibliography and acknowledgements sections indicate the extensive research that has gone into this book. It is evaluation and interpretation that are lacking -- at once the convention and the liability of juvenile biography. If you accept this convention, Mr. Wagner's energetic, storytelling approach will be satisfying.