A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth

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$18.99  $17.66
Candlewick Press (MA)
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9.97 X 10.87 X 0.43 inches | 1.21 pounds

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About the Author
Christina Soontornvat is the acclaimed author of picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and middle-grade fiction, including the Newbery Honor-winning fantasy A Wish in the Dark. Her narrative nonfiction title All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team received a Newbery Honor, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and the Kirkus Prize, among other honors and awards. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Dow Phumiruk is an award-winning illustrator of several picture books, including Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker and Maya Lin by Jeanne Walker Harvey. Originally from Thailand, Dow Phumiruk lives in Colorado.
Soontornvat's prose is succinct yet clear and excels when she relates personal anecdotes. . . . Details of her 2004 helicopter accident and her painful recovery are also well handled. . . . . An excellent addition to the biography shelf and women's history units.

A Thai American creative team collaborates on this biography of Senator Tammy Duckworth, which emphasizes the duality of military service and public service. . . . Soontornvat's prose and Phumiruk's scenes of war, rehabilitation, and public service balance bravery with personal sacrifice. Back matter includes a timeline.
--Publishers Weekly

Powerful details about Duckworth's childhood and her experiences in the National Guard impart a sense of the senator's resilient spirit; the book concludes on a hope-filled call to action of more work to be done. . . worthwhile and empowering.
--School Library Journal

A comprehensive look at an extraordinary life and continuing legacy.
--Kirkus Reviews

[Christina Soontornvat] knows how to write a gripping tale. . . one of the more exciting bios I've seen in a long time.
--A Fuse #8 Production