From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6 - These brief, introductory books are highly appealing and will inspire reluctant readers. Each one focuses on four amazing people who either defeated incredible odds or accomplished record-breaking feats. For example, Kids
features gymnast Nadia Comaneci; a double amputee who completed a triathlon; a six-year-old karate competitor, and a 12-year-old sportscaster. Limits
features a marathon runner, an Iditarod racer, a triathlon competitor, and a female weight lifter. Record Breakers
includes Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel; and Mark McGwire, who broke the home-run record for a single season. Odds
chronicles Wilma Rudolph's triumph over polio and Lance Armstrong's battle with cancer. The texts feature a fair balance of women, minorities, disabled athletes, children, and current and past champions. The stories are triumphant and realistic at the same time. The books have an attractive design, with numerous color and black-and-white photos and an uncluttered layout. These titles will attract readers who are not quite ready for a full-length biography or the more advanced "Sports Illustrated for Kids" books. - Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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About the Author
Kirsten Hall is the author of several nonfiction books for children.