Gr 6-9-Although this book mentions John Paul II's recent death, it does not cover his passing in any detail, but it provides a very human portrait of the former leader of the Catholic Church. The pope's life and work, from his earliest days in Poland, including the loss of each of his family members by the age of 20, to his personal experience with Nazism and communism, are all discussed. Behnke does a good job of tying the experiences of Karol Wojtyla to his life's work as a priest and finally leader of a billion Catholics. Anecdotes and quotes from friends and colleagues also provide a personal touch, as do the many black-and-white photos of the pope from early childhood to his final days. While the author does attempt to point out that the pope's policies and stances were not embraced by all, the text is still highly favorable. A solid addition to biography collections.-Carol Fazioli, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.