"The focus of this reference series are biographies of people who are currently in the news. There are 100 biographies in the first four volumes and two additional volumes will be published this summer. What makes this series so valuable is the breadth of the fields of endeavor, from business to music to social issues. My students appreciated the Writing category, as the eleven authors represented were authors they were researching. The personalities selected are well known to students and are people they would be interested in knowing more about. The biographies average 10 pages, some a little less, with a black and white photo introducing the biography. Additional photos and sidebars are included. The biographies explain the importance or contribution of the individual, but do not include any primary interview information other than a quote. Web sites point students to additional information. Table of Contents is organized by volume and by field of endeavor. Index is a general index. This is a valuable reference source and by its currency complements the traditional biography references. Also available as an e-book."
--Pennsylvania School Librarians Associations, May 2006
"A good first place to look for school assignments, adults who want to read this to find out more about today's newsmakers. Recommended for all libraries serving children through young adults."
--Catholic Library World, March 2006