Whitney Houston: Recording Artist & Actress
This informative title highlights the life of Whitney Houston. Readers will learn about Houston's childhood in Newark, New Jersey including her strong family life and her beginnings as a singer at New Hope Baptist Church. Houston's musical work is discussed from her days as a backup singer for Chaka Kahn, Jermaine Jackson and the Neville Brothers and her collaboration with cousin Dionne Warwick and aunt Aretha Franklin through her superstardom as a solo act with the hits Saving All My Love For You, How Will I know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, and her soundtrack to The Bodyguard featuring Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. Houston's courtship with Bobby Brown is included, as is their marriage and the birth of their daughter Bobbi Kristina and their eventual and divorce. Houston's descent into drug addiction is included, leading to her death at age 48 while in the mist of a reemerging career. This book includes details of Houston's life and covers the controversies surrounding her life and death.
Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.
Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|BISACS||JNF007040, JNF053030, JNF053040|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Graphics||Full-color illustrations, 1-color illustrations|
|Dimensions||6.25 x 9.25|
|Guided Reading Level||W|
|ATOS Reading Level||7.5|
|ATOS Interest Level||MG|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||179617|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||2.0|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
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