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50 Cent
ISBN: 9781622500086
Author: Saddleback Educational Publishing (COR)
Publisher: Saddleback Pub
Published: January 2013
Retail: $11.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Themes: Hi-Lo, urban nonfiction, music, entrepreneur, Hip-Hop, celebrities, biographies. The world knows 50 Cent as a hip-hop artist and movie star. He has won dozens of awards and made millions of dollars. He works to end hunger around the world. But 50 Cent, also known as Fiddy, grew up living a very different life in South Jamaica, Queens. It was the height of the 1980's crack epidemic. And Fiddy was dealing crack by age twelve... There's no doubt about it, today's students listen to an average of 2.5 hours of music every day. Guess what they are listening to? Hip-hop is mainstream, continually topping Billboard's Hot 100 charts. These Hi-Lo biographies engage striving readers from the very beginning with blinged-out covers, stunning four-color photographs, modern and graphic page design, and high-interest informational text. Biographies highlight the unique characteristics of each mega-rapper, including childhood struggles, personal style, rivalries, giving back, and more. Each 48-page book includes a timeline and glossary, with vocabulary words highlighted throughout.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 7.25" W
Bargain Category: African-American, Art/Music, Biographies, High School, Middle School
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 April)

Gr 6 Up—Geared toward hi/lo and reluctant readers, this series profiles several famous hip-hop and rap artists, providing information about their childhoods, struggles and achievements, and eventual stardom. While the subjects might be high-interest, the causal writing is generally stilted, with awkward sentence structure and transitions. In addition, many of the photos are of poor quality, and some even border on inappropriate (although, realistically, they are nothing worse than what readers might see on TV). The vocabulary sections in the back of each volume are not particular helpful. While this set highlights that these artists have overcome difficult circumstances and many of them give back to their communities, it also seems to glorify some of their violent backgrounds and/or illegal actions. For example, Chris Brown discusses the star's physical assault against his girlfriend, noting that, "…many of Chris's fans supported him, especially young girls." Readers and music fans deserve quality literature about their heroes. Unfortunately, this series does not provide it.

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