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Gloria Estefan (Hispanics of Achievement) Paperback – July, 1992

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Product Details

  • Series: Hispanics of Achievement
  • Paperback: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publications (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791016358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791016350
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,253,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-12-- In a story worth telling, this book traces the rise to fame of this singer and song writer. It begins with a description of the tragic 1990 highway accident that broke her back. The text then turns to her background, from her Cuban roots, to her start in the Miami Sound Machine, her marriage, and her great success in the entertainment business. The final chapter tells of her exceptional courage and determination in recovering from a very serious injury. The writing is smooth and interesting, but does not sensationalize or idealize the singer's life. Altough there are numerous black-and-white photographs, they are disappointingly small, dark, and undistinguished. All in all, however, this is a serviceable biography about a popular figure. --Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Fort Myers, FL
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

In the ``Hispanics of Achievement'' series, a biography of the popular Cuban-American singer. The book opens promisingly with an informative essay by Professor Rodolfo Cardona on the influence of Hispanics and their culture on American life. Unfortunately, Estefan's life never receives such close scrutiny in Stefoff's text; instead, the unblemished star image is preserved. Early difficulties--the burden of caring for a proud, invalid father; shyness and weight problems as a teenager and young woman--are only touched on. The lack of personal photos exacerbates the superficial, distancing tone: there are no photos of Gloria as a child, and stock photos of storefronts and parades in Miami's Little Havana take the place of a chubby young Estefan singing. The bulk of the book is consumed with a long history of Miami Sound Machine while the ostensible subject is lost amid the other details, making it hard to distinguish Gloria's contributions from her husband's in the band's success. Only the singer's famous bus accident is well covered; here, at least, a strong personality clearly emerges. Despite appearances, this is less an in-depth study than a mass-market book directed at the artist's fans. Discography; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 12+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alfredo Menendez on February 4, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding
I give this book a 4-star rating. This story takes place in Gloria Estefan's native land of Cuba and then in Miami, Florida, where she became famous. Gloria had a rough childhood because she had to take care of her sick father and watch over her younger sister while her mother worked very hard to keep her family afloat. Gloria enjoyed music and playing her guitar. In fact, she owes a lot to her mother for making her learn to play the guitar. Gloria would play and sing in order to forget all her problems. This was her way of relaxing. Gloria's career began when she met Emilio Estefan at her high school. Emilio came to the school to talk about music. Everybody was singing and playing their instruments. Emilio noticed Gloria playing her guitar and the fact that she could sing both in English and Spanish. He asked her to join his band, and she accepted. Gloria's first performance was at a local wedding. Emilio's band was called the "Latin Boys", but when Gloria joined, the name was changed to "Miami Sound Machine" (MSM). From this point forward, she became the "Gloria Estefan" we know today.

This review was done by: Julie Menendez
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More About the Author

Rebecca Stefoff published her first books when she was in college and has been writing ever since. She is the author of more than 150 books, with more on the way. Her writing motto: "Ideas are easy. Pages are hard."

Rebecca has written many nonfiction books for children and young adults, with an emphasis on science and history. Through her books teenage readers can explore topics as varied as ghosts, robots, bacteria, evolution, women pioneers, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and forensic crime solving.

Over the course of her freelance writing career Rebecca has also published romance novels, celebrity biographies, reference works, and even a self-help book. In addition, she has adapted the works of historian Howard Zinn, science writer Charles C. Mann, and ethnic studies pioneer Ronald Takaki for young audiences.

After growing up in Indiana, Rebecca moved to Philadelphia for graduate school. Later she moved to the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

When Rebecca was in the fifth grade she picked up a copy of Robert A. Heinlein's novel Space Cadet in her school library. That got her hooked on speculative fiction: science fiction at first, then fantasy and later horror. As a grad student in English at the University of Pennsylvania, she developed and taught the school's first undergraduate classes in science fiction and fantasy. She still loves speculative fiction and reads a lot of nonfiction as well. Her interests include evolutionary biology, Himalayan travel and polar exploration, and archaeology.