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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

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Fletcher on October 14, 2013
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The book was a disappointment. I had just seen Ella the musical and she was superb. She dealt with her life story enough to make me curious. I wanted a biography and felt this really missed the mark.
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I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter, and she loved it. I agree with the starred review from Kirkus, and thought that the writing was clear and age-appropriate. I remembered that the author included information about the foundation in the book, went back and checked, and did find some info on 172-173 about the foundation. Both my daughter and I learned lots of new information about Ella's life.
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WE RECENTLY SAW THE PLAY ABOUT ELLA IN PITTSBURGH AND WERE VERY INFORMED AND ENTERTAINED.
THAT PLAY TOLD US MORE ABOUT HER THAN THIS BOOK.
THIS BOOK MUST HAVE BEEN WRITTEN FOR A CHILDREN'S AUDIENCE.
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Ms. Stone has undertaken to present a new biography of Miss Ella Fitzgerald, the beloved "First Lady of Song". Although Miss Fitzgerald died in 1996 (from complications of Diabetes), her music lives on through her many, many recordings. So this book will give the new generation of music lovers some much-needed background information. I do wish, though, that Ms. Stone had included a little information about the charitable foundation that Ella established in 1993, and a link to the Foundation website would have been nice!
Fran E. Morris Rosman
Executive Director
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Los Angeles, California
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This book is a great way to learn about ella fitzgerald
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