Rating: Significant Shortcomings
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Michelle Roehm McCann
From Ancient Egypt's King Tut to The Dalai Lama to modern-day athletes like Shaun White, this text explores what shaped these inspiring boys into becoming the world's heroes. The book contains forty-six brief, three-page autobiographies of boys who changed the world before they were twenty years old. Additionally, snippets of how current boy readers plan to make their mark are included after each historical account.
This text presents condensed autobiographical content in a way that is slightly easier to get through than a history textbook, but it it still very dry to read. The sometimes complex sentence structure and more advanced vocabulary make the book more suited for older readers. The literary narrative based on factual events falls short in drawing the reader in, but also renders the text too objective to be used for research purposes.
*Contains mild violence.