Thursday, May 10, 2007

Elvis Up Close by Wilborn Hampton

Can you imagine a time when rock and roll didn't exist? When there was no such thing as popular music just for teenagers? This book makes it easy to understand how poor, small-town Elvis developed a new kind of music and was catapulted into unbelievable fame. Elvis started out as a shy kid who played guitar and liked gospel and hillbilly music. He had a pleasant voice that could be sweet or edgy, and he could make girls scream just by moving his hips. Find out fame changed Elvis into a different person and eventually led to addiction and an early death. This book is compact and to the point, and also easy to read and understand. This is a great new series of biographies for middle schoolers (we also have Johnny Cash and Rachel Carson and Oprah Winfrey in this series).

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