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Summary: Aaron Brooks is a gifted and talented quarterback who plays for the New Orleans Saints. He has earned respect, praise, and fame for his accomplishments inside and outrside athletics. Successful as he has become, Aaron is well aware of how fortunate he has been to have family and mentors who helped keep him focused on his goals. Aaron is appreciates how fortunate he has been and hopes his story will help others achieve their goals. This is a biography for teens.
Type of Reading: independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 14
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a motivational piece with a lot of visuals to keep the junior high schooler's attention. The intent is excellent and the book fulfills its purpose.
Pros: The book is filled with excellent graphics. The photos make the reader feel he knows Brooks’ family, friends, and teammates. The narrative is generally aimed at the juvenile reader and should have strong appeal among that readership. This is a motivational biography that hits its mark.
Cons: As helpful as the graphics are for presenting the story and characters in the book, there are sections of the narrative in which the sports jargon gets too technical for the average 10 - 14 year-old to comprehend.
Borrow or Buy: This would be a buy for juvenile readers who like sports. It would also be a positive addition to a classroom or school library.
Educational Themes: Readers have the opportunity to explore perseverance, motivation, and ALL of the elements that contribute to one's success.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - sports, biography, football, picture book series
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006
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