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Dwayne The Rock Johnson

James A. Corrick (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422291061

During his career as a professional wrestler, Dwayne The Rock Johnson thrilled wrestling fans everywhere. Known as the People's Champion, the Rock was a wrestling superstar whose dynamic and colorful personality attracted attention both inside and outside the ring. His feuds with other wrestling greats resulted in some of the most talked-about matches in wrestling history. He became the first African American to hold the World Wrestling Entertainment World Championship title, one he went on to capture six more times. This book describes how Dwayne Johnson, the son and grandson of professional wrestlers, became the Rock and, in his own words, the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. It details his failed ambition to become a professional football player and how that failure led him into the family business of wrestling. Eventually, the Rock built a successful wrestling career, and ultimately became a movie star as well.

Matt Damon

Pam Toler (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422290903

In 1993, when two young, unknown actors named Matt Damon and Ben Affleck couldn't get the movie parts they wanted, the lifelong friends decided to write their own screenplay. To their surprise, Good Will Hunting, a story about a blue-collar math whiz, became a box office hit after it premiered in 1997. It won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and Matt became one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood. Since then, Matt has starred in many memorable films, such as Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, and Invictus. One of his most successful roles is that of assassin Jason Bourne, a character he played in three hit films. Matt likes to keep his personal life private. However, he doesn't hesitate to use his celebrity to help others. Among the groups he supports are the ONE Campaign and H2O Africa Foundation, which are charitable organizations working to improve living conditions in Africa.

Walt Disney

Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602915930

Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge--bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

Power Chord

Ted Staunton (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554699032

At a Battle of the Bands event, Ace and his best friend Denny notice that girls like musicians, no matter how dorky the dudes might be. Having so far been severely challenged when it comes to meeting girls, they decide to start a band. Ace discovers that he loves playing guitar and electric bass. While Denny tweets their every move and their clean-freak drummer, Pig, polishes everything in sight, Ace tries to write a song that will win at the next local teen songwriting contest. It's more difficult than he thought it would be. When Denny brings a great tune to rehearsal, Ace is devastated that Denny, who rarely practices, is a better songwriter than he is. The contest is only days away when Ace discovers that Denny stole the song, and Ace has to decide if winning is worth the lie.

Farmed Out

Christy Goerzen (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554699100

Maddie has big-city dreams, and this summer she's found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait painting contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different plans for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens? And worse, her new age mother's attempts at pig reiki are an embarrassment. But Maddie befriends the farmer's daughter, Anna, and between dodging her mother and doing her chores, she finds the perfect subject for the portrait contest.

Elvis Presley

Saddleback Educational Publishing (author)

Publisher: Saddleback Educational Publishing ISBN: 9781602915848

Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge--bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.

Fashion Math

Rae Simons (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422289174

People who make clothes need to get their numbers right. From the length of fabric to the size of a pair of jeans, math plays an important role in the fashion industry. In Fashion Math, you'll learn some of the ways the math you learn in the classroom is important on the catwalk. You may even want to use that math to try your hand at making your own clothes!

Vital and Creative: The Art and Architecture of Mexico

Anna Carew-Miller (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422286845

For nearly 4,000 years, the people who have lived in the region known as Mexico have expressed themselves through a variety of folk arts. Today, the art and architecture of Mexico blends indigenous and pre-Columbian influences with Spanish and European traditions. From architecture to music, from painting to poetry, from colorful clay pottery to ornate woven baskets and rugs, Mexicans have demonstrated the vitality and creativity of their culture. This book provides information about Mexico's ancient and modern architecture, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and folk art.

STEM Jobs in Music

Shirley Duke (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781627179355

This book discusses different STEM jobs found in the music range, from developing new effects to recording performances.

STEM Jobs in Fashion and Beauty

Carla Mooney (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781627179362

This book discusses different STEM jobs found in the fashion and beauty industry, from designer to chemist.

STEM Jobs in Movies

Carla Mooney (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781627179379

This book discusses different STEM jobs found in the movie industry, from computer animation to motion capture engineers.

Arts and Culture in the Ancient World

Paul Challen, Shipa Mehta-Jones, Lynn Peppas, Hazel Richardson (authors)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427196392

This amazing book provides a snapshot of the arts and cultures across various ancient civilizations. Read about: Egypt's pyramids, temples, royal tombs, and palaces; Chinese games and pastimes; Rome's sports arenas-the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.

What's Next?: The Future of Architecture

Lori Dittmer (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566601627

A look at potential future developments in architecture, including self-contained cities, as well as computerized blueprints and other technologies that are currently considered state-of-the-art.

Brushes with Greatness: History Paintings

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566601443

A survey of the painting genre that focuses on grand historical figures and scenes, examining the genre's origins and introducing its notable artists, works, and styles throughout history.

Brushes with Greatness: Landscapes

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566601450

A survey of the painting genre that focuses on landforms and elements of nature, examining the genre's origins and introducing its notable artists, works, and styles throughout history.

Brushes with Greatness: Portraits

Joy-Frisch Schmoll (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566601467

A survey of the painting genre that focuses on intimate likenesses of human figures, examining the genre's origins and introducing its notable artists, works, and styles throughout history.

Brushes with Greatness: Still Lifes

Joy-Frisch Schmoll (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566601474

A survey of the painting genre that focuses on carefully arranged inanimate objects, examining the genre's origins and introducing its notable artists, works, and styles throughout history.

Pixar: Company and Its Founders

A.M. Buckley (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840968

This title examines the remarkable lives of Ed Catmull and Alvy Ray Smith and their work building the groundbreaking company Pixar. Readers will learn about Catmull and Smith’s backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how Pixar operates and issues the company faces, such as developing new animation and computer graphics software, meeting production demands, and maintaining leadership.

YouTube: Company and Its Founders

Rebecca Rowell (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840999

This title examines the remarkable lives of Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and their work building the groundbreaking company Wikipedia. Readers will learn about Wales and Sanger's backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how Wikipedia operates and issues the company faces, such as establishing reliability, developing international sites, and dealing with abusive users. Color photos, detailed maps, and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Technology Pioneers is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Netflix: The Company and Its Founders

Marcia Amidon Lusted (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614801825

This title examines the remarkable lives of Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph and their work building the groundbreaking company Netflix. Readers will learn about each founder's background and education, as well as his early career. Also covered is a look at how Netflix operates, issues the company faces, its successes, and its impact on society. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Technology Pioneers is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

TiVo: The Company and Its Founders

Kristine Carlson Asselin (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614801849

This title examines the remarkable lives of Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton and their work building the company TiVo. Readers will learn about each founder's background and education, as well as his early career. Also covered is a look at how TiVo operates, issues the company faces, its successes, and its impact on society. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Technology Pioneers is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Heath Ledger: Talented Actor

Stephanie Watson (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617852923

The Joker in 2008's mega-hit movie The Dark Knight was an incredible, Oscar-worthy performance by this young and troubled actor. Tweens and teens were crazy about the film, and the world mourned when Ledger died. This book examines Ledger's brief career, background, and personal life, as well as the controversies surrounding his death. From his breakout role in the teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You to his Oscar nomination for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger's biography is bound to intrigue young movie fans. Lives Cut Short is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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.