U·X·L® Newsmakers covers prominent personalities active on the current scene. People making headlines in all fields are included -- from entertainment to exploration, from science to sports, from politics to pop culture. Complementing U·X·L® Encyclopedia of World Biography, which emphasizes figures of the past, the U·X·L® Newsmakers series is a four-volume base set featuring 100 people. In addition, it will be augmented each year with two new volumes of profiles of emerging newsmakers together with updates on people previously covered.
Biographies include photos, career summaries, fascinating facts and sources for further information. Whether students are seeking fact-filled entries to complete assignments or the full scoop on the latest pop icons, U·X·L® Newsmakers is the source to consult. Also includes cumulative, subject and field of endeavor indexes.
"The text is easy to read and the names dropped in every entry will expand interest of middle and high school students. Entries include a black-and-white photo, birth date and place, and occupation. The four to seven pages of text include other photos, a quote, sidebars and insert boxes with additional information. Articles end with suggestions for more information.
This would be an interesting purchase because of its ability to widen student interest, e.g., a great language arts/social studies joint project might ask students to add 100 names to these categories, creating the articles, selecting photographs and suitable quotes."
-- by Blanche Woolls, October 2005
Price: US $87.00