MultiCultural Review - Kathryn Mora
"Struggling and reluctant middle grade readers will be drawn into the “Choose Your Own Adventure”- style series, but with multiple shorter scenarios. When one path is finished, the reader can choose to go back and read the other for another adventure.
Ancient Egypt opens up with “About Your Adventure,” which helps to establish what the reader is about to experience, events that actually happened to real people. Readers can travel to Giza and join the pyramid builders in 2550 BCE or maybe join Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony, or the battle of the Roman dictator Octavian in 31 BCE and more.
The Civil Rights Movement starts in the late 1950s, and the author sets the scene to show that African Americans didn’t have the same rights as other Americans, especially in the South. Will the participant on this journey help desegregate bus lines as a Freedom Rider or get involved in the Project C protests in Birmingham, Alabama? No matter what choice the reader makes, he or she will learn a lot about the struggle for equal rights.
Included in this series is a timeline, books for further reading, Internet sites, a glossary, and an index. Other features include a controlled vocabulary, short and direct sentence structure, precise photo-text matches to aid comprehension, and clear chapter headings." - MultiCultural Review
December 1, 2009