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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.

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.

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.

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.

Pearls

Christine Petersen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624014338

This title introduces young readers to pearls, the gem formed inside the shell of an oyster! Learn how pearls are formed and where they are found. Historic and modern collection methods are detailed, both natural and cultivated. The use of pearls as a gemstone is examined including different colors. See how artisans and lapidaries create beautiful and useful jewelry with this beautiful gem. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Gold

Christine Petersen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624014314

This title introduces young readers to gold, the metal that can stay shiny for thousands of years. Learn how gold is formed and where it is found. Historical and modern mining methods are detailed, including the discovery of kimberlite pipes. The many uses of gold are examined, from industrial applications in products such as electronics to illuminated manuscripts and space telescopes. See how artisans such as goldsmiths and lapidaries use gold to create beautiful and useful jewelry. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Silver

Christine Petersen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624014345

This title introduces young readers to silver, the most conductive metal on earth! Learn how silver is formed and where it is found. Historic and modern mining methods are detailed. The many uses of silver are examined, from industrial applications in products such as computers and electric switches to medicines and antiseptic clothing! See how artisans such as silversmiths and lapidaries use silver to create beautiful and useful jewelry and wares. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Turquoise

Christine Petersen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624014352

This title introduces young readers to turquoise, the gemstone that's name is French for "Turkish"! Learn how turquoise is formed and where it is found. Historic and modern mining methods are detailed. The use of turquoise as a gemstone is examined including different colors and cuts. See how artisans and lapidaries create beautiful and useful jewelry with this mineral. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jade

Christine Petersen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624014321

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This title introduces young readers to jade, the mineral used for thousands of years as both jewelry and weapons. Learn about the two types of jade, jadeite and nephrite, how jade is formed, and where it is found. Historical and modern mining methods are detailed. The many uses of jade in ancient and modern times are examined. See how artisans such as lapidaries use jade to create beautiful and useful jewelry. Finally, a list of tools and tips will set young rock hounds up to unearth their own treasures. Glossary words in bold, an index, and phonetic spellings for those hard-to-pronounce geologic terms enhance and supplement the text. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Scotty McCreery: American Idol Winner

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614786436

Colorful graphics, oversized photos, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of 2011 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery! This book describes McCreery's childhood in North Carolina, family, education, rise to fame, and future plans. Readers will follow McCreery's budding career, starting with his early talent playing the guitar and singing in his church choir to his audition for American Idol and eventually to the release of his first album, Clear As Day. McCreery's performance on American Idol is described, as well as the process of American Idol and the famous singers who have been discovered on the show. From recording albums to performing live on stage, readers will discover what it's like to be a professional singer! Features include a table of contents, maps, "Did You Know" fun facts, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Adele: Singing Sensation

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809104

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of singing sensation Adele! Readers will learn about Adele's family background and childhood in London, her early interest in music, and her education at the BRIT School, leading up to the creation of her Grammy-winning albums 19 and 21. Also discussed are Adele's musical style influences, such as R&B, soul, and jazz. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Blake Shelton: Country Music Star

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809173

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of country music star Blake Shelton! Readers will learn about Shelton's family background, his early interest in music, and his start in Nashville, leading up to his success in the country music scene. Albums covered include Blake Shelton, The Dreamer, Blake Shelton's Barn and Grill, Startin' Fires, Hillbilly Bone, and Red River Blue. Also discussed are Shelton's role on the popular show The Voice, his induction into the Grand Ole Opry, and his marriage to fellow country star Miranda Lambert. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Liam Hemsworth: Star of The Hunger Games

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809128

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth! Readers will learn about Hemsworth's family background, his childhood in Australia, and his early interest in acting, spawned from actor brothers Luke and Chris. Hemsworth's early roles on Australian television are covered, leading up to his breakout role next to Miley Cyrus in The Last Song, and on to his starring role as Gale Hawthorne in the Hunger Games movie series. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Jennifer Lawrence: Star of The Hunger Games

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809142

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw reluctant readers in to the fascinating life of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence! Readers will learn about Lawrence's family background and her early interest in acting. Lawrence's roles on The Bill Engvall Show, The Poker House, The Burning Plain, Winter's Bone, and X-Men: First Class are covered, leading up to her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movie series. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

One Direction: Popular Boy Band

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809159

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson make up one of today's most popular boy bands--One Direction! With colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and engaging text, this book takes readers on the boys' journey, from their solo auditions on The X Factor, to their formation as the group One Direction, to their first album, Up All Night. Readers will learn about each boy's background and passion for music. Also covered are the group's charity work, worldwide concert tours, and second album, Take Me Home. Features include a table of contents, maps, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Adam Levine: Famous Singer & Songwriter

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013881

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw readers in to the fascinating life of famous singer and songwriter Adam Levine! Readers will follow Levine's journey, from his family background and youth in Los Angeles, to the formation of the band Kara's Flowers, evolving into Maroon 5 and making lead singer Levine a household name. Maroon 5's albums are discussed, including Songs About Jane, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, Hands All Over, and Overexposed, as well as their Grammy wins. Also discussed is Levine's work on the popular show The Voice and his role on American Horror Story, as well as his hobbies off stage, including yoga and charity work. Features include table of contents, map, fact boxes, facts page with Levine's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Victoria Justice: Famous Actress & Singer

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614809135

Colorful graphics, oversized photoaders will learn about Justice's family background and her early interest in acting. Justice's role on the popular Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 is discussed, as well as her guest roles on The Naked Brothers Band, iCarly, and True Jackson, VP, leading up to her starring role on Victorious. Also covered is Justice's work as a singer and her more recent roles in movies, such as Fun Size. Features include a table of contents, a map, "Did You Know" fact boxes, a "Snapshot" page with vital information, a glossary with phonetic spellings, and an index. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Big Time Rush: Popular Boy Band

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013850

Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr., and Logan Henderson make up one of today's most popular boy bands--Big Time Rush! This book takes readers on the boys' journey, from their auditions for Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush to their success as a band of the same name. Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and engaging text introduce readers to each boy's background and passion for music and acting. Also covered are the band's albums BTR and Elevate, their 2012 film Big Time Movie, and their concert tours. Features include table of contents, maps, fact boxes, facts page with each star's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Carly Rae Jepsen: Pop Star

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013874

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw readers in to the fascinating life of pop star Carly Rae Jepsen! Readers will follow Jepsen's journey, from her family background and youth in Canada, to her success on Canadian Idol, leading up to worldwide fame with her catchy hit song "Call Me Maybe." Jepsen's albums are covered, including Tug of War and Kiss, as well as her work with Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, and Owl City. Also discussed are Jepsen's charity work and hobbies off stage. Features include table of contents, map, fact boxes, facts page with Jepsen's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Chris Colfer: Star of Glee

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013867

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw readers in to the fascinating life of Glee star Chris Colfer! Readers will learn about Colfer's family background and youth in California, his early interest and talent in acting, and his struggle with being bullied in school. Colfer's role as Kurt Hummel on the hit television show Glee is discussed, as well as Colfer's acting awards. Also covered are Colfer's novels and screenplays, such as the movie Struck By Lightning. Features include table of contents, map, fact boxes, facts page with Colfer's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Emma Stone: Talented Actress

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013904

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw readers in to the fascinating life of talented actress Emma Stone! Readers will learn about Stone's family background and youth in Arizona, her early interest in acting and improv, and her roles in hit films including The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Croods. Also discussed are Stone's charity work and hobbies off stage. Features include table of contents, map, fact boxes, facts page with Stone's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

PSY: Gangnam Style Rapper

Sarah Tieck (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624013898

Colorful graphics, oversized photographs, and short, engaging sentences draw readers in to the fascinating life of rapper Park Jae-sang, better known as PSY, the creator of "Gangnam Style"! Readers will follow PSY's journey, from his youth in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea, to his time at Boston University and Berklee College of Music, to his thriving career in the K-pop industry. They'll learn about PSY's albums, from his debut PSY from the PSYcho World! up through PSY's Best 6th Part 1, his 2012 album containing "Gangnam Style." Thanks to YouTube, "Gangnam Style" quickly became a pop culture phenomenon, enticing millions worldwide to do the famous horse dance! Also covered is PSY's family life, his work with well-known manager Scooter Braun, and his 2012 MTV award. Features include table of contents, map, fact boxes, facts page with PSY's vital information, glossary, and index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Big Buddy BOOKS is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.