- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 1070L (What's this?)
- Series: Up Close
- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Viking Juvenile (January 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670061492
- ISBN-13: 978-0670061495
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ella Fitzgerald (Up Close) Hardcover – January 10, 2008
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Ella Fitzgerald was “a private soul, protective of the details that made up her life,” writes Stone in this strong biography in the Up Close series. Unlike many books that perpetuate some of Fitzgerald’s own myths about her life, Stone’s smooth, straightforward narrative draws from authoritative sources and reveals a “workhorse” artist who devoted herself to developing and sharing her gift with the world. Personal details, particularly about Fitzgerald’s youth, support each chapter, but Stone’s clear emphasis is on the singer’s extraordinary career. The few black-and-white photos are of average quality, but the abundant quotes from Fitzgerald and her musician peers greatly develop the narrative. The author has studied voice, and her brief asides about music, such as what it means for a singer’s voice to mature, are illuminating, while references to the racism Fitzgerald encountered, particularly while touring the South, deepen the profile. Source notes for direct quotes and an extensive bibliography complete this inspiring portrait. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg
A lovely view of one of music's finest contributors... -- Kirkus, starred review
A must-buy for teens who are familiar with Fitzgerald's music as well as for those who are not. -- School Library Journal
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THAT PLAY TOLD US MORE ABOUT HER THAN THIS BOOK.
THIS BOOK MUST HAVE BEEN WRITTEN FOR A CHILDREN'S AUDIENCE.
Fran E. Morris Rosman
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Los Angeles, California