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Gr 4-6-An introductory look at the creator of one of the Web's most popular social platforms. Born in 1986 and raised in New York City, Karp became a self-taught computer coder by the age of 11 and created his own websites soon after. Over the next eight years, he dropped out of high school, worked full time in the tech industry, and moved to Tokyo for five months, returning home to focus on the consulting firm he established at the age of 19. Children should delight in Karp's success at such a young age while easily identifying with his need to stretch the truth about his age and experience to prove his worth. The remainder of this slim book focuses on how Tumblr, which he and his business partner, Marco Arment, launched in 2007, has grown into a profitable company. This straightforward account is accompanied by plenty of bright color photographs, although few of them depict Tumblr or its content. For collections needing an update on biographical fare this would be an adequate purchase.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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When it comes to biographies, readers often have to pick between Ben Franklin and Franklin Roosevelt, so here’s something new. David Karp, now just 23, is the founder of Tumblr (sort of a cross between a Twitter post and a blog). Like Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs before him, Karp was fascinated by computers at a young age—he was coding programs on his dad’s Apple by the age of 10. When high school didn’t interest him, his mother allowed him to be homeschooled, with an emphasis on computers, coding, and Japanese. By 19, he had his own company. This slim, trim biography will have real appeal for readers. Not only does it chronicle the life of a young man with whom they can identify but it also provides insight into the social media world that they’re smack in the middle of. The color photographs are well chosen, and the quotes are all sourced. A list of websites and articles and books for further reading will direct kids who want to know more. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper
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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gateway Biographies (Hardcover)
  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Century (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146771285X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467712859
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 17, 2013
Format: Library Binding
David Karp attended the Calhoun School in Manhattan where his mother taught. Like many boys his age, he didn't "excel in any particular subject," but there was one thing that he loved and that was technology. David was destined to be a techie and by the time he was ten, he was coding. He enjoyed connecting with others online, including his classmates. Eager to learn more about coding, he read "HTML for Dummies" and was soon building small websites. That was when he was eleven, but when David turned fourteen, he "landed an internship that would change his life." He began working at Frederator studios.

David was shy, but he flourished in an environment where he garnered respect from coders and engineers. They understood what he was talking about. Another change came when his mother "asked how he felt about going back to school that fall." Naturally school was something he could do without and she offered to homeschool him. David was tutored at home and was able to continue working on his internship. When he was sixteen, he was offered a part-time job with UrbanBaby. Little did they know that their "chief technology officer" was so young because they never met him.

An unexpected crisis in his personal life led to a move that would lead him to Tokyo, Japan. David continued to work for UrbanBaby, but finally the gig was up. They learned about his age and the fact that he was working from "home" half way across the world. Finally he returned to New York and "started his own consultant firm," Davidville. It was definitely a launching point for his own career.
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