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 so that readers understand why these individuals and their contributions were so important. No source notes or bibliography, but the engaging stories and checks for understanding make this a good choice for newly independent readers.
— Kathleen McBroom, Booklist