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Jay-Z: No Photos, Please

On April 25, 2016, Posted by , In Jeff Burlingame, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Jay-Z: No Photos, Please

Jay-Z (2104) A 20,000-word book for teens is fairly lengthy. Remove the photos typically used to break up those words and it makes keeping a reader’s attention over such a long period of time a difficult task. But that was the mandate from someone in New York on my book about hip-hop icon Jay-Z….

Crystal Meth: One Book That Moved Me

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Crystal Meth (2014) Unlike some others I have written, this book is one I never will forget, mostly due to one story an Oregon mother shared with me for it. The woman’s name was Vicki Kelly, and here is part of her story from the book: In January 1999, Kelly’s seventeen-year-old son,…

50 Cent: An Introduction for Teens and for Myself

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50 Cent (2014) This was the third of three books I wrote on modern hip-hop musicians and the third of three books I wrote for teens who are reluctant readers. I have touched on the subject of reluctant readers in the past, and said I do not necessarily know what that…

Eminem: Reluctant Readers and Pirated Copies

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Eminem (2014) When writing biographies on famous individuals, I typically ignore special instructions from publishers and just dive in to writing the way I want. At some point in the process, I will backtrack and take another look at publishers’ special requests. Some may want you to focus on a certain…

Kaka: The NFL’s Popularity Pales in Comparison

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Kaka (2014) The Golden Ball sat on a pedestal in the center of the darkened room, and it was visible only when struck by beams from the flashing lights from above. On the back wall of the room, a highlight-filled video counting down the world’s best soccer players continued playing:…