Influential Women Reviews

Anne Frank : ISBN 978-1-60152-946-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-947-3
Jewish Book Council, March 28, 2017

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Presenting young people with a good overview of Anne Frank's era, this book starts with her parents' backgrounds dating from before they married and ends with the publication of Anne's diary.
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This book presents a historically accurate picture and will be of value to young people learning about the Holocaust, making it easier for them to understand complex events by following the painful history of one family.
This is part of a publisher's series featuring women of note. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Review by Marge Kaplan


Marie Curie: ISBN 978-1-60152-954-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-955-8
Hillary Clinton: ISBN 978-1-60152-950-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-951-0
Malala Yousafzai: ISBN 978-1-60152-952-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-953-4
Cleopatra: ISBN 978-1-60152-948-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-949-7
Anne Frank : ISBN 978-1-60152-946-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-947-3
School Library Connection, October 1, 2016

Biographies of influential women are something every library needs, however many times they are merely written with “reports” in mind. This new series breaks that mold. All of the books in this series present biographical information in a format that makes the reader feel like they are listening to each woman talk about herself. At no point does the reader feel they are reading a list of facts or a timeline of the life of the individual. However, there is a vast amount of information packed into these books. The material is very high interest and will serve equally as pleasure reading and as a source of factual information. The variety of titles covers a wide range of time periods and corresponds with the social studies curriculum at the middle school level. The books include a section of important events in the life of each woman, along with a section of sources for further research. This series will surely bring new life to any library’s biography section.
—Pamela K. Simmons, Librarian, Penn Yan (New York) Middle School
Recommended


Cleopatra: ISBN 978-1-60152-948-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-949-7
Booklist, April 1, 2016

From the Influential Women series, this volume introduces Cleopatra, Egypt’s last pharaoh. Illustrated mainly with color reproductions of paintings, prints, and sculpture, the biography is balanced and informative. After calling out centuries of historians for negative mythmaking, the book credits recent biographers with presenting a more accurate portrayal of the queen. While acknowledging her shortcomings, it makes a convincing case for Cleopatra as an intelligent, educated, capable ruler who was “equal in political talent, audacity, and courage to the three strongest men in her world—Caesar, Antony, and Octavian.” The author of many books on ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean region, Nardo does a particularly good job of discussing these four historical figures and their actions within the context of their time. A worthwhile introduction to Cleopatra and her world.
—Carolyn Phelan


Marie Curie: ISBN 978-1-60152-954-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-955-8
Hillary Clinton: ISBN 978-1-60152-950-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-951-0
Malala Yousafzai: ISBN 978-1-60152-952-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-953-4
Cleopatra: ISBN 978-1-60152-948-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-949-7
Anne Frank : ISBN 978-1-60152-946-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-947-3
School Library Journal, April 1, 2016

Gr 8 UpThis fascinating series for confident older readers is a boon for report writers with its fact-filled, even-handed analyses of these history-making women’s lives and accomplishments. Subjects are treated respectfully and fairly; where applicable, failings and scandalous behaviors are noted discreetly. Cleopatra’s complex romantic life and out-of-wedlock childbearing, Curie’s love affair in widowhood, and the Clintons’ marital woes are discussed, but the respective portrayals offer much more—no small feat in Cleopatra’s case, given the dearth of contemporary sources about her. Fortunately, her book draws on modern scholarship while acknowledging ancient writings, casting a more favorable light on the queen’s character, achievements, and legacy. Each title features pale-green sidebars that add information and historical context, in addition to quotes about/from the subjects and contemporaries. Numerous excellent graphics enhance attractiveness. Detailed time lines are included, but not glossaries, which would have helped with the sophisticated vocabularies.
VERDICT Highly recommended for middle school collections. Clinton is very timely; overall, Curie works for the non-scientifically inclined.