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This Boy: The Early Lives of John Lennon & Paul McCartney

This Boy: The Early Lives of John Lennon & Paul McCartney

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"An impressive achievement... "This Boy" is a wonderful primer for the kind of kid who is nuts enough about music to want to grasp the social context in which it was made."--The New York Times

An inside look at the early lives of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, This Boy is a perfect book for any young reader embracing their inner Beatlemania.

Meant for younger readers, This Boy is a gripping biography of two musical legends. Beginning with their births during World War II England and ending with their famous performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, this book is action packed from beginning to end. Whether you are a lifelong Beatles fan or new to their music, this book is an excellent source of Beatles lore that is relatively unknown.

With expert research from Ilene Cooper and rarely seen photographs of the Beatles in their early days, this book will serve as not only an interesting biography of two significant historical figures, but also a fun read about rock and roll and how the lives of two people can change the world.

Author: Ilene Cooper
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/15/2023
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.90w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780451475855
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 06/01/2023 pg. 70
Publishers Weekly 06/26/2023
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2023
School Library Journal 07/01/2023 pg. 83

About the Author
Ilene Cooper is the author of more than 30 books for young people. In 2007, the Illinois Reading Council named Ilene Cooper the Prairie State Award winner for Excellence in Writing for Children. Ilene was born in Chicago and grew up in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood. After graduating Sullivan High School, she attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she majored in radio and television. She worked as an editorial researcher at Chicago's WGN TV station for several years, but her love of books brought her to Rosary College (now Dominican University), where she earned a master's degree in library science. As a youth librarian, Ilene worked at several branches of the Chicago Public Library and at the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District before joining Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association where she is currently the children's books editor. In her spare time, Ilene enjoys knitting, traveling--especially to Italy and England--and trying to get her cat, Bing, to do something other than stretch out on the radiator.

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