Written especially for young adults, Blue Banner Biographies feature the lives of contemporary people kids want to read about.
The Blue Banner Biography series features celebrities kids care about. Abby Wambach was always good at soccer. By age 11, she was "heading" balls, and soon she was receiving accolades and winning awards. Abby Wambach follows her career through college play, her professional career, the highs of the World Cup and Olympic games, and the lows of injury. Kevin Durant knew early on that he wanted a basketball career, and his mother encouraged him to commit. Kevin Durant chronicles his steady climb to an early professional career and his ability to make hard work pay off. LL Cool J had a difficult childhood, but music saved him. His willingness to stretch himself is the hallmark of his long career. Nicki Minaj always dreamed of stardom, despite a dangerous upbringing. She knew that the 9-to-5 rat race wasn't for her and used music as the way to a better life. Each biography begins with singular moments in the celebrity's career, well chosen to hook readers. The books then move back to each star's early days and show how perseverance and determination can make dreams come true. The texts often quote articles and interviews, but they don't sound canned. Meanwhile, many color photos add lots of appeal. Although there are no source notes, citations for quotes are woven into the text.
Interest Level: Grades 4-8 • Reading Level: Grades 4-6 • 32 Pages • 6½" X 9¼" • Full-color laminated covers • Side-sewn, reinforced library binding • Full-color photos throughout • Chronology • Further reading • Works consulted • Discography or Filmography as applicable • Index