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Geoff Edgers, an arts reporter at The Boston Globe, has written for Spin, GQ, Details, Wired and Salon. This is his second children's book.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Who Was...?
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (January 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448439069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448439068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoff Edgers (born 1970) is an American journalist and writer who is currently the Washington Post's national arts reporter. He also producing and starred in the 2010 music documentary Do It Again. His articles have appeared in magazines such as GQ and Wired and he has worked as a reporter for several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, and Raleigh News and Observer. Edgers has also published children's books on Stan Lee, Elvis Presley and The Beatles and contributed to WBUR Boston. In 2013, he hosted and wrote a Travel Channel reality TV series called Edge of America, and in June 2013 he was awarded a New England Emmy for work on a video for the Boston Globe. Edgers also hosted and wrote the military history series Secrets of the Arsenal on the American Heroes Channel.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am in fourth grade and I enjoyed reading this book. I read this book for a book report for school. It tells about all the Beatles lives. I learned about John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. When they were twenty-something they were asked to go to Germany, but their parents wouldn't let them. They just went and their dressing room was in the bathroom. I felt sad for them. My favorite part was when they played at Shea stadium. There were 50,000 people! The book doesn't talk all about the Beatles. It talks about the Vietnam War and three famous people who got shot. At the end, there is a timeline of the Beatle's lives and one about the world. You should read this book because it's very interesting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilke on March 8, 2006
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My 8 year old son picked this book because he loves The Beatles. We both learned a lot about them as he read the book to me. There is information on the childhood of each member, how the band formed, the band's history and each member after the break-up. There was quite a bit in there that I did not know prior to reading the book. A great book for a kid who loves The Beatles and wants to learn more about them. The book also has pictures which makes it fun for the those kids who can read chapters but still enjoy picture books. It was easy for my third-grader to read but he reads at a fifth or sixth grade level. I am sure my son will read this book again and again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on March 15, 2006
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I absolutely love the Beatles and think this is an ideal book to introduce young readers to them. I also think this is the ideal book for young Beatle fans as well as just the right spark to ignite a flaming love for them. This is an ideal companion book to "Brilliant Brits," another excellent beginner's book about the Beatles.

This book provides a plethora of information about each Beatle's boyhood; the inception of the band; the meteoric rise of the world's greatest band and their ultimate parting of company.

The drawings are just delightful and my favorites were of young George Harrison and another of Olivia and George with their young Beatle coiffed son, Dhani. I just love it!

Beatle fans will catch a picture of Paul writing with his right hand on page 14; since Paul was left handed, the pen would have been in his left hand. Another picture that jumps out at fans is on page 60. George is drawn playing his famous lead with his left hand and Paul is drawn playing his Hofner bass with his right hand. On page 77 John is drawn playing guitar with this left hand. That would not have happened - Paul was the only left handed guitarist in the Beatles.

Wonderful for all ages and just the right gift for that young Beatle fan. No doubt it will be a treasured possession. I just love it! This is a book I would happily give to young readers. They, too will endorse it with a hearty YEAH,YEAH, YEAH!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 3, 2009
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Hi my name is KEVIN I am 8
You should get this book because. You can no what happens to PAUL RINGO
GEORGE JHON . I like it because I get to no some of there music and what
Happens to the band . FINLY how much fame they are.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 21, 2008
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The book "who were the Beatles?" is a biography about the Beatles. The story is about four guys from Liverpool, England and how they became world famous stars. The main characters are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. They played in clubs, bars, and then one day one man named Brian Epstein asked them to play their first concert in Hamburg, Germany. The Beatles ran into a few problems like fighting over songs. Paul is my favorite Beatle because he is the lead singer and guitarist.

I can relate to the feelings of success. When I learn a song without the book on my guitar, I feel successful. I like the book because it is about a band and I want to be in a band.

I like the book because all the characters were interesting. My favorite part of the book is when John gets shot, it was exciting but sad.

I would recommend this book to people who like a little suspense and history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Weeks on September 9, 2008
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Everyone in my family is a Beatles fan. Our 6 y.o. daughter does not know life without the Beatles. We decided to buy her this book, so she could read up on them. This book relates on a child's level the story of the Fab Four from when they were children. I loved it so much that I ordered more copies to donate to my daughter's elementary school library, 1st grade classroom library, and I plan to order another for her 2nd grade library. This should be on every child's reading list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By clucy on December 21, 2012
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My kids, ages 9 and 10, both love this biography and have used it for school book reports. I've only skimmed over the book myself so I cannot attest to the whole content (hence 4 out of 5 stars), but it really got my children interested in the Beatles and their music. How many non-fiction books engage a child like that nowadays?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Michels on January 18, 2007
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I bought these to use as a reading book with 4th and 5th graders and they are loving it! I am really enjoying it too....a nice change from the traditional reading book. It is high interest at the right reading level for my kids. I would highly recommend this book for use at school or for finding out more about the Fab Four.
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