Lives Cut Short Set 2

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Famous entertainers and historical figures whose lives were tragically cut short are detailed in this series. Readers will learn about each person's background, career, legendary contributions, and tragic death. Also covered are controversies and challenges, giving readers a well-rounded perspective of each life. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text.

Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Lives Cut Short Set 2 (6 titles)
Amy Winehouse: R&B, Jazz, & Soul Musician 7.7
Diana: The People's Princess 6.9
Elvis Presley: Rock & Roll's King 6.7
Kurt Cobain: Alternative Rock Innovator 6.9
Marilyn Monroe: Hollywood Icon 7.4
Whitney Houston: Recording Artist & Actress 7.5
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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
BISACS JNF007040, JNF036050
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Biographies, Music
Copyright 2013
Division Abdo Publishing
Imprint Essential Library
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Season 2012-08-01
ISBN 9781617834790, 9781614801702
Title Format Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks
Dewey 921
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 8.5
Features Reviewed
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Lives Cut Short Set 2 - School Library Journal

These books trace the lives of pop-culture notables from childhood to their sudden deaths, and the personal and professional triumphs and troubles in between. The narrative history has an informative tone, balancing opinions and quotes from the subjects and insiders close to them, and critics’ views, along with important facts and milestones. The books convey a sense of what made these performers legendary, how they influenced others, and why their legacies endure. The authors provide helpful context to the eras in which they lived. . . . Large color, captioned photographs appear throughout, and sidebars supply helpful background material. These up-to-date biographies should find an audience in middle and high school collections. While the books maintain that the tragic ends do not diminish their subjects’ accomplishments, the authors neither romanticize nor glamorize these lifestyles marred by substance abuse.

Lives Cut Short Set 2 – Booklist

The dependable Lives Cut Short series adds. . .titles featuring celebrities who died prematurely. Each begins with a poignant quote from the late celeb, such as this from Marilyn Monroe: “You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself.” The books use many other first-person quotes as well as comments from people who knew the subject. Freed from the risk of libel, the authors generally treat their biographees with a mix of admiration for their achievements and honesty about the mistakes they made…making an excellent use of sidebars to explain and extend the information, with well-chosen photographs. Given the subject, it’s a bit macabre to say it, but this is one series worth continuing.

Lives Cut Short Set 2 – Booklist

. . . impressive series is based on the premise that death comes to all of us, even the exceptionally good-looking. Although [the] books. . .come out almost indecently quickly following a celebrity’s demise, the writers are still able to construct a fully rounded picture of life. This adds depth to the stories and allows readers to see where tragedy may have had its roots.

Lives Cut Short Set 2 (Top Ten Celebrity Biographies 2012) – Booklist

Stars who died prematurely often lend themselves to particularly intriguing biographies. This series is solidly researched and impressively written, and information in sidebars and boxes helps give context and explanations to the main text.