The Extraordinary Life of Serena Williams

Kane Miller. (Extraordinary Lives). Dec. 2020. 128p. pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781684641970.
Gr 2-5–Williams’s training, championships, numerous hardships, and family life are described in this biographical tribute. The text praises the tennis player as a phenomenal role model. Her drive to succeed, her philanthropic projects, her various interests and career pursuits beyond tennis, and her advocacy for women’s equality shine on every page. Motivating quotes from Williams are featured throughout the book, and the lively, visually appealing layout uses a range of fonts, illustrations, and borders to make an engaging reading experience. Text boxes explain terminology and interesting tidbits of related information. An index, supplementary information about tennis, a time line of Williams’s achievements and milestones, and sources for each quote are included. Like all the books in the “Extraordinary Lives” series, this installment celebrates the iconic athlete’s grit, determination, generosity, and intelligence in an entertaining, inspiring, and informative manner.
VERDICT A worthy addition to any biography collection, as Williams’s story showcases a phenomenal testament to never giving up and working hard toward a goal.

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