Aileen Weintraub has written more than 50 books for children and
young adults with companies including Sterling, Scholastic, and
Simon & Schuster. She has also written numerous essays and articles
for Scary Mommy, the Manifest-Station, and Kveller, among others.
She lives in New York and is currently writing a memoir. You can
find out more about Aileen at aileenweintraub.com.
Laura K. Horton is a freelance illustrator whose work has been featured in juried exhibitions and competitions, including the 2014 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Exhibition and the MIAD Senior Juried Exhibition. Previous clients include Macmillan Children's, Hallmark Cards, and Quarto UK. Laura currently lives in Espoo, Finland, where she is obtaining an MA in Game Design and Development.
"Kids and young adults accomplish amazing things, as Weintraub
shows in 50 profiles. Horton features each individual, their
portraits enclosed in frames set against playful, thematic
backgrounds. The subjects range from artists to inventors,
activists to scientists. They include Joan of Arc, Louis Braille,
S.E. Hinton, Tavi Gevinson, Pablo Picasso, and Venus and Serena
Williams. The figures each receive a page that describes how their
curiosity, passion, or quest led to their achievements and
notoriety: 'Some children ask their parents if they can have a cat
or dog, but Aisholpan, a 10-year-old girl living in the mountains
of Mongolia, asked her parents for an eagle, ' Weintraub writes of
Aisholpan Nurgaiv, known as the Eagle Huntress. By focusing on
individuals from different eras and geographies, Weintraub affirms
that there are myriad ways to live and to make an impact."
"The stories and achievements of 50 amazing people--all of whom began their journeys as children--are brought together in this collection. Kids who were born with unique talents, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Clara Schumann, are joined by courageous youth, such as Anne Frank and Ruby Bridges, and by hardworking young scientists and athletes, such as Akrit Jaswal (the youngest person to perform surgery in modern history) and Pele, considered by many to be the best soccer player in the world. Many included, such as Thandiwe Chama and Om Prakash Gurjar, have overcome great obstacles and have become advocates for children, literacy, and equality. Each full-page biography is accompanied by a bold, full-page color portrait, which gives further insight into their passion, and the seamlessly flowing text makes this both an interesting and fast read. Young readers are sure to find inspiration as they read about unique children from all over the world who were able to change the world around them and be encouraged to follow their dreams and fight for what is right." --Booklist
"People from different countries and eras who have achieved significant accomplishments by the age of 18 are the subjects of this contemporary collective biography, which opposes jaunty, intensely colored portraits against breezy, one-page descriptions. Under each illustration, there is often a personal quotation. For example, Katie Stagliano, who started a foundation called Katie's Krops that encourages young people to grow vegetables to feed the hungry, said: 'I believe that youth have the power to do incredible things.' Indeed. Pablo Picasso, Louis Armstrong, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Clara Schumann are well-known for having developed their talents early. Perhaps the more interesting figures are the kids who are still teenagers or in their early 20s now. Young women, including trans woman activist Jazz Jennings, and young men from countries including the U.S., Canada, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Brazil, and Syria are among the currently living biographees. Joining Malala Yousafzai are Mongolian Aisholpan Nurgaiv, a champion eagle hunter (unusual both for her age and gender), and Rhode Islander Nicholas Lowinger, a young Jew who founded Gotta Have Sole, an organization that provides new shoes to kids in homeless shelters. . . . Will give some readers inspiration and ideas for ways that they can help their own communities right now." --Kirkus