Kirkus Star
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Series: Sterling Biographies


POCAHONTAS by Victoria Garrett Jones
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"An excellent stab at myth busting and capturing the nuances of both the figure and her times. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
A spirited biography untangles the accretion of myth and story around Pocahontas and makes clear what little is actually known and what fragments of the historical record are available. Read full book review >
SACAGAWEA by Emma Carlson Berne
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Some repetition could have been edited out, but this is still a good addition to this biographical series. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
While the historical record is regrettably light on this Shoshone teenager, Berne stitches together a compelling narrative from what is known, taking care to bust myths along the way. Read full book review >
TECUMSEH by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If it's not the 100-page holy grail of middle-grade biographies, it is still pretty close. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
More a historical narrative than a character portrait, this account of Tecumseh's efforts to create a tribal confederacy in the Old Northwest focuses on the great Shawnee leader's many battles and negotiations with then–Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison and then his disastrous—ultimately fatal—alliance with the British during the War of 1812. Read full book review >
CHIEF JOSEPH by Lorraine Jean Hopping
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"His tale has been told plenty of times to young audiences, but this iteration comes in an appealingly compact format, with plenty of contemporary photos and maps, plus a generous selection of backmatter. (glossary, bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 11-13)"
Hopping wraps her cogent account of how the Nee-mee-pu (Nez Perce) were rooted out of their homeland and only subdued after a long and heroic pursuit around twin character portraits of the group and of its most renowned member. Read full book review >