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Steve Jobs: Apple iCon

Scott Gillam (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614788119

This title examines the remarkable life of Steve Jobs. Readers will learn about Jobs's family background, childhood, education, and groundbreaking work in the computer and technology industry. Jobs's many innovations, such as the first Apple computer, the iPod, the iPad, and the iPhone, are discussed as well as his time working at NeXT Computer and Pixar. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Lives 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.

Craigslist: Company and Its Founder

Susan M. Freese (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840920

This title examines the remarkable life of Craig Newmark and his work building the groundbreaking company Craigslist. Readers will learn about Newmarks’s background and education, as well as his early career. Also covered is a look at how Craigslist operates and issues the company faces, such as preventing crime, facing competition, and supporting the community.

Google: Company and Its Founders

Susan E. Hamen (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840944

This title examines the remarkable lives of Larry Page and Sergey Brin and their work building the groundbreaking company Google. Readers will learn about Page and Brin’s backgrounds and education, as well as their early careers. Also covered is a look at how Google operates and issues the company faces, such as handling privacy and copyright lawsuits, facing competition, and developing new online user services.

eBay: Company and Its Founder

Martin Gitlin (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840937

This title examines the remarkable life of Pierre Omidyar and his work building the groundbreaking company eBay. Readers will learn about Omidyar’s background and education, as well as his early career. Also covered is a look at how eBay operates and issues the company faces, such as international growth, facing competition, and supporting the community.

The Endurance Expedition

Sue Vander Hook (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840531

This title examines an important event in history- the Endurance expedition. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores events leading up to the expedition, how the men survived it, and Sir Ernest Shackleton and other key people involved. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

Transcontinental Railroad

Diane Gimpel (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617840548

This title examines an important historic event - the transcontinental railroad. Easy-to-read, compelling text explores the events surrounding the planning, construction, and completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, key people involved, and its impact on society. Features include a table of contents, a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Events is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

John F. Kennedy

Megan M. Gunderson (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781617851155

The United States president preserves, protects, and defends the U.S. Constitution. Each president's term influences events in America and around the world for years to come. This biography introduces young readers to the life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, beginning with his childhood in Massachusetts. Information about Kennedy's education at Princeton University, the London School of Economics, Harvard University, where he wrote the best seller Why England Slept, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business, as well as his early career as a newspaper reporter is discussed. In addition, his family and personal life is highlighted. Easy-to-read text details Kennedy's military service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where his boat, PT 109, was destroyed, and his political career as a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Education and Labor Committee and supported the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, and a member of the U.S. Senate, where he served on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and wrote Profiles in Courage, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Finally, students will explore key events from Democratic president Kennedy's administration, including his New Frontier programs, the Cold War, the fight against the spread of Communism, the space race, the Peace Corps, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban missile crisis, the Alliance for Progress, and the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, as well as his assassination in Dallas, Texas, by Lee Harvey Oswald. Beautiful graphics showcase the primary source documents and photographs. A timeline, fast facts, and sidebars help put essential information at students' fingertips. In addition, a quick-reference chart provides easy access to facts about every U.S. president. Checkerboard Library is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.