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John Lennon: Legendary Musician & Beatle

Jennifer Joline Anderson (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617852930

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 Bandâ„¢ 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.

Michael Jackson: King of Pop

Mary K. Pratt (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617852916

This title chronicles the song and dance genius of the King of Pop, whose recent death reinforced the level of his global influence and stardom. While covering controversies and oddities, from the trial on molestation charges to his cosmetic surgeries to his amusement-park house Neverland, the book also details his incredible songs, videos, work habits, childhood, and groundbreaking career. Jackson's music is still popular with young people, especially with the convenience of MP3 downloads and the enthusiasm passed down from older fans. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Tupac Shakur: Multi-Platinum Rapper

Ashley Rae Harris (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617852947

This legendary rapper was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, but not before having multi-platinum releases and a promising acting career. A prime example of the line rappers walk between street credibility and their art, Tupac pushed the East-West rap feud both as a real fight and as a tool to influence media coverage of his career. Tupac's raps were part traditional social protest and part gritty descriptions of street life in urban neighborhoods. This book includes details of his life, career, and like the other Essential Lives Cut Short books, covers the controversies surrounding his life and death.

Eminem: Grammy-Winning Rapper

David Aretha (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614785996

This title examines the fascinating life of Eminem. Readers will learn about Eminem's childhood, family, education, rise to fame, trouble with drugs and the law, his time in rehab, as well as controversies over his lyrics and songs. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Eminem's early interest in music and talent in songwriting that led to his freestyle raps and eventually the release of his albums Infinite, The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show, Encore, Relapse, and Recovery. Eminem's acting debut in the move 8 Mile, his Grammy Awards, and his Oscar for Best Original Song are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jay-Z: Hip-Hop Mogul

Paul Hoblin (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614786016

This title examines the fascinating life of Jay-Z. Readers will learn about Jay-Z's childhood, family, time as a drug dealer, rise to fame, and relationship with Beyoncé. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Jay-Z's early interest in music that led to the release of his albums Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1, Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life, Vol. 3...Life and Times of S. Carter, The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, The Blueprint, The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse, The Black Album, Kingdom Come, American Gangster, his record label Roc-A-Fella Records, his clothing brand Rocawear, his Grammy Awards, his time as Def Jam's CEO, which included signing stars such as Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Nas, and the Roots, and his philanthropic efforts. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Justin Bieber: Musical Phenom

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614785972

This title examines the fascinating life of Justin Bieber. Readers will learn about Bieber's family background, childhood, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Bieber's music career and the release of his hit albums My World and My World 2.0, his popularity on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter, his personal style, and his fans. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Justin Timberlake: Musician, Actor, & Dancer

Marcia Amidon Lusted (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614786047

This title examines the fascinating life of Justin Timberlake. Readers will learn about Timberlake's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Timberlake's early interest in music and acting that led to an appearance on Star Search, his big break on the Disney Channel's popular show The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and the creation of the boy band 'N Sync that released 'N Sync, No Strings Attached, and Celebrity. Timberlake's solo career and the release of his albums Justified and FutureSex/Love Sounds, his acting career, which includes hosting Saturday Night Live and appearing in several movies, including Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Shrek the Third, The Social Network, and Bad Teacher, his MTV Music Video Awards, his Grammy Awards, his collaborations with other singers, his clothing line William Rast, his record label Tennman Records, and his time spent raising money for charities are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Kim Kardashian: Reality TV Star

Joanne Mattern (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614786023

This title examines the fascinating life of Kim Kardashian. Readers will learn about Kardashian's childhood, family, education, early interest in fashion, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores the Kardashian family's deal with Ryan Seacrest to film the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians that made the family famous. Kardashian's appearances on popular television shows, including Dancing with the Stars, CSI: NY, and How I Met Your Mother, her thriving career as a model and a spokesperson, and her business ventures are also described. Also discussed are Kardashian's high-profile romances with rap singer Ray J., NFL running back Reggie Bush, NFL wide received Miles Austin, and NBA star Kris Humphries, the charities important to her, and her philanthropic efforts. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Taylor Swift: Country & Pop Superstar

Aimee Houser (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614786030

This title examines the fascinating life of Taylor Swift. Readers will learn about Swift's childhood, family, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Swift's early interest in music and songwriting that led to the release of her albums Taylor Swift, Fearless, and Speak Now, how she deals with success, the MTV Awards fiasco with Kanye West, how her songs relate to her romantic relationships, life on the road, acting, modeling, and merchandising jobs, her philanthropic efforts, and future albums in the works. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Adele: Grammy-Winning Singer & Songwriter

Lisa Owings (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808596

This title examines the fascinating life of Adele. Readers will learn about Adele's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Adele's early interest in music and talent in singing and songwriting that led to the release of her albums 19 and 21. Adele's multiple Grammy Awards and charitable work are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Beyoncé: Singer, Songwriter, & Actress

Barbara Kramer (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808602

This title examines the fascinating life of Beyoncé. Readers will learn about Beyoncé's childhood, family, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Beyoncé's early interest in music and talent in singing that led to her membership in Destiny's Child and eventually the release of her solo albums Dangerously in Love, B'Day, I Am . . .

Cee Lo Green: Rapper, Singer, & Record Producer

Stephanie Watson (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808626

This title examines the fascinating life of Cee Lo Green. Readers will learn about Green's troubled childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Green's early interest in music and talent in singing and songwriting that led to group and solo projects and eventually the release of his albums Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections, Cee-Lo Green . . . Is the Soul Machine, The Lady Killer, and Cee-Lo Green . . . Is Everybody's Brother. Green's multiple Grammy Awards, flamboyant style, philanthropic work, and role on the television show The Voice are also discussed. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Drake: Actor & Hip-Hop Artist

Steve Otfinoski (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808619

This title examines the fascinating life of Drake. Readers will learn about Drake's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Drake's early interest in acting and rapping that led to his role on Degrassi: The Next Generation, his successful mixtapes, and eventually the release of his albums Thank Me Later and Take Care. Drake's music awards and philanthropic work are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jennifer Lawrence: Breakout Actress

Melissa Higgins (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808633

This title examines the fascinating life of Jennifer Lawrence. Readers will learn about Lawrence's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Lawrence's early interest and talent in acting that led to leading roles in Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class, and the Hunger Games series. Lawrence's acting awards and work with charitable causes are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jennifer Lopez: Actress & Pop Superstar

Kristine Carlson Asselin (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808640

This title examines the fascinating life of Jennifer Lopez. Readers will learn about Lopez's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Lopez's early interest in music, acting, and dance that led to her breakout role in Selena and eventually the release of her albums On the 6, J.Lo, This Is Me . . . Then, Rebirth, Brave, and Love? Lopez's acting and music awards, philanthropic work, and role on American Idol are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Kanye West: Grammy-Winning Hip-Hop Artist & Producer

Audrey Borus (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808664

This title examines the fascinating life of Kanye West. Readers will learn about West's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame, as well as controversies over his outspoken opinions. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores West's early interest in rap and talent in songwriting that led to producing beats for other artists and eventually the release of his albums The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Watch the Throne. West's Grammy Awards, fashion design, and work as a producer are also discussed. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Nicki Minaj: Rapper & Fashion Star

Ashley Rae Harris (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614808657

This title examines the fascinating life of Nicki Minaj. Readers will learn about Minaj's childhood, family, education, and rise to fame. Colorful graphics, oversize photos, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text that explores Minaj's early interest in music and talent in songwriting that led to her successful mixtapes and eventually the release of her albums Pink Friday and Pink Friday...Roman Reloaded. Minaj's music awards, work with charitable groups, and unique style are also described. Features include a table of contents, glossary, selected bibliography, Web links, source notes, and an index, plus a timeline and fun facts. Contemporary Lives is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.