In this visual age, young people gravitate toward images. Drawing from "Life" magazine and the greatest photo archives of our time, Our Century in Pictures for Young People chronicles the past one hundred years by way of an unparalleled collection of photographs. Young readers will be captivated by more than 350 spellbinding images within these pages that show the triumphs and disasters, the social progress and setbacks, the heroes and villains that have brought us to the dawn of a new century.The book spans the twentieth century in nine epochs, individually introduced by essays from notable children's writers, including Katherine Paterson, Jane Yolen, Avi, Robert Cormier, Lois Lowry, Frederick and Patricia McKissack, Jerry Spinelli, Gary Paulsen, and Cynthia Rylant. Featured in each section is a description of an event or trend that began during that era, and each section closes by recalling some memorable individuals who died during that time. The worlds of politics, science and technology, and the arts, as well as the lives we led at home and at work -- all are explored and captured brilliantly within these pages.