TITLE: Taylor Swift: Music Superstar (Celebrity Biography series)
AUTHOR: Jeff Burlingame
PUBLICATION INFO: Enslow, 2012
SOURCE: Review copy provided by publisher
INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades 5-9
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Best. First. Youngest. Each time Taylor Swift’s name comes up in a newspaper, magazine, or online article, there is a good chance at least one of those three words will be included.”
This pop star’s 48-page biography chronicles her life from her childhood in Wyomissing, PA, through her 2011 “Speak Now” tour. Backmatter includes resources for further information, timeline, discography and a glossary.
THEMES/TOPICS: music, celebrity biography
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Burlingame shows that much of Swift’s success can be attributed to her hard work rather than luck. Before becoming famous, Swift performed at karaoke, fairs and baseball games and became a staff songwriter at Sony/ATV to hone her craft. Now, rather than being a prima donna, Swift remains down to earth, using social media to connect with fans. Burlingame gives us many reasons to appreciate Swift as a wonderful role model.
- Enslow provides an educator’s guide with extension activities covering many school subjects.