Kid’s Book Review: Serena Williams

Kid’s Book Review: Serena Williams

About the Book

This non-fiction book for children aged 9-12 years tells the story of Serena Williams: tennis player, sports icon, champion.

A Life Story: This gripping series throws the reader directly into the lives of modern society’s most influential figures. The book includes a number of black-and-white illustration along with timelines and fun facts. It is written by Sarah Shepherd.

Also in the series by Scholastic are:

Katherine Johnson: A Life Story, Stephen Hawking: A Life Story, Alan Turing: A Life Story, Rosalind Franklin: A Life Story and David Attenborough: A Life Story.

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Serena Williams

​Serena Williams, (born September 26, 1981, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.), American tennis player who revolutionized women’s tennis with her powerful style of play and who won more Grand Slam singles titles (23) than any other woman or man during the open era. She also owns a fashion brand


Book Review

When I first saw the book I thought, "this isn’t normally the type of book I would pick up"

When I first saw the book I thought, this isn’t normally the type of book I would pick up. I wrongly assumed that it would be boring and not very interesting!
I had never heard of Serena Williams before, but after asking my Dad about her and him saying what a good tennis player she and her sister are, I thought I might like to read the book after all.

After I started to read the book I got more and more interested in what would happen next and found that I didn’t want to put the book down.

The parts I really enjoyed was when Serena beat Venus for the first time and how Serena got better and stronger and never giving up on herself, but I admit I lost interest in the middle when Serena started getting injured a lot.

I also liked the little bits in the book that would explain about the game of tennis, that helped me as I don’t play tennis myself.
I didn’t really like the drawings and I think that photos would have been a better choice. Also, the way that the names of the players were written made it really hard for me to read and that slowed me down.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, even if they have no interest in sport.
I give this book 8 ½ / 10 rating .

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Marsden
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: computer games, reading, riding my bike
  • Dislikes: mis-matching clothes and minced beef
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: BTS Dynamite
  • Favourite Film: Marvel End Games