John Lennon: Legendary Musician & Beatle
John Lennon was one of history's most influential musicians. This title highlights Lennon's background and his role in the formation of the groundbreaking band The Beatles. Also covered in detail are Lennon's famous war protests and his 1980 assassination. Recently released Beatles CDs, and the Cirque de Soleil masterpiece Love appealed to many young people. With Beatles songs for the Rock Band™ video game coming this fall, as well as remastered Beatles recordings, this title is a timely addition to any collection for middle and high schools and YA programs. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|BISACS||JNF007040, JNF036050, JNF025210|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||6.25 x 9.25|
|Guided Reading Level||U|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.4|
|ATOS Interest Level||MG|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||133949|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||2.0|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Lives Cut Short Set 1 – Horn Book Guide
Each biography opens with a pivotal moment in the performer’s career. The texts then move chronologically from the person’s childhood to his untimely death, touching on upbringing, setbacks, and accomplishments along the way. The volumes are enhanced by their many photos and clean design.
Lives Cut Short Set 1 – School Library Journal
These titles offer thoughtful overviews of pop-culture icons who died of unnatural causes. Name recognition will likely make the books appealing to young audiences. Each biography discusses the subject’s early life, providing details that give insight into later success and troubles and maintaining a laudatory tone that focuses on the individual’s artistic achievements and hard work to achieve fame. Details explaining that Jack Nicholson warned Heath Ledger about the Joker role, that young Michael Jackson never got to play with his peers, that John Lennon had no musical training, or that Tupac Shakur was a standout student in high school are bound to resonate with readers. Numerous photos and sidebars appear throughout. Worthwhile resources for reports as well as popular reading.