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.
Jet Li explores the life and career of this film and martial arts star. This volume describes Li's childhood and later career; reveals his reasons for becoming an actor; and talks about his philanthropic efforts, which were motivated at least in part by a first-hand experience with a tsunami in the Maldives. The breadth of biographical information on Li makes this an especially interesting volume.
"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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