People in the News, Lucent Books' contemporary biography series profiles the lives and careers of some of today's most prominent newsmakers. Whether covering contributions and achievements or notorious deeds, books in this series examine why these well-known people garner public attention. Through quotations from the individuals profiled as well as from friends, supporters, and critics, readers learn how these men and women view themselves as well as how others regard them. Offering insight into the lives of people who have made an impact in the modern era, People in the News volumes are sure to be of interest to students researching current topics and popular culture.
This volume traces the life of divisive political figure, Sarah Palin, and relates her childhood in rural Alaska, her interest in basketball and journalism as a teen and young adult, her devotion to her family and her faith, and her unusual entrance into politics. The focus is on Palin's role as a controversial figure as well as her ability to ignite conservative supporters through her charisma and fiery speeches. Topics covered include the 2008 vice-presidential campaign, Troopergate, the Tea Party Movement, and Palin's association with the 2011 Arizona shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
"This is a well-researched, interesting and informative biography about Serena Williams. Recommendations: This book (and others in this series) would make a valuable addition to the middle school and high school biographical section. Serena Willams changed the world, and with her sister broke barriers and established records that will endure."
--Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee, September 2011
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