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Journalists - Booklist Review - October 2021

Journalists - Booklist Review - October 2021

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It takes a lot of guts to be a war journalist, and this offering from the Beyond the Battlefield series (4 titles) profiles six groundbreaking war correspondents. Subjects include two women—Marguerite Higgins, a white American, during WWII, and white, French-born Catherine Leroy during Vietnam—as well as Sha Fei from China (the 1937 Sino-Japanese War); Vincent Ottley, an African American civil rights activist and reporter (WWII); and the well-known Hungarian American Robert Capa, (also WWII). Short chapters concentrate on wartime activities, featuring simple sentences, embedded vocabulary definitions, and archival photos, often the journalists' original work. The text also provides sufficient context...

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Leaders Like Us - Booklist Review October 2021

Leaders Like Us - Booklist Review October 2021

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These new picture-book biographies in the Leaders like Us series (written and illustrated by Black women) place a well-deserved spotlight on lesser-known Black Americans who were leaders in their fields. Civil rights activism, journalism, and politics are discussed in Charlotta Bass, which describes the impressive accomplishments of this Rhode Island native as she published her own newspaper for Black Americans and became a Vice Presidential nominee in 1952. Jackie Ormes introduces fashionable comics creator Ormes, who kicked stereotypes to the curb with her popular comics (the first by a Black woman to be nationally syndicated) featuring smart, successful, and attractive...

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Careers in the US Military - Booklist Review April 2021

Careers in the US Military - Booklist Review April 2021

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Serving in the military can extend beyond the realm of combat to many possible career paths. Grouped into broad categories, the volumes in the Careers in the US Military series reveal the wide range of aptitudes and jobs needed to keep the five branches of the military running successfully. Each book begins with a brief overview of the career type and continues with the specialized skills, training, and duties associated with five specific jobs in that area. Accompanying the accessible, upbeat text are numerous large photos of military members in action. They reflect a diverse workforce that includes women and...

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Creatures of Ancient Seas - Booklist Review April 2021

Creatures of Ancient Seas - Booklist Review April 2021

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Kids who have torn through dinosaur books are the ideal audience for this introduction to prehistoric sea creatures, part of the Mega-Cool Megafauna series (4 titles). Photos of fossils and illustrations of aquatic megafauna (almost all labeled) fill the splashy pages of this volume, and the array of creatures is impressive: beyond the typical plesiosaur and megalodon, this book also profiles ancient sea cows, whales, fish, and turtles that dwarf their contemporary descendants. Occasionally, the layout makes the text a bit hard to follow, and readers might need some adult help with a few confusing descriptions, but the high-interest topic...

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Underground Cities - Booklist Review April 2021

Underground Cities - Booklist Review April 2021

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The term cities may immediately conjure up soaring skyscrapers and bustling streets, but they come in plenty of other forms as well. This book, part of the Hidden, Lost, and Discovered series (4 titles), takes readers around the world to investigate various “underground” cities, from the familiar (elegant, stone-carved Petra) to the slightly more obscure (RÉSO, the vast series of tunnels designed to keep Montreal residents out of the cold). Stunning scenic photos establish the varied settings, including Turkey and China, with following shots focused on details and inhabitants. Each section incorporates a location map, occasional vocabulary help, tidbits of...

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