Michael Jackson

Ultimate Music Legend

From the Series Gateway Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Michael Jackson’s journey to fame began in 1966 at age eight, when he started singing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. In the early 1970s, he launched a solo career, accumulating a dozen number-one singles. His record-breaking album, Thriller, has sold an estimated 110 million copies worldwide. He won seventeen Grammy awards and was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. In 2009, people of all ages mourned Michael’s sudden death. Adored for his music, dancing, and performing—and known for his highly publicized personal life—Michael Jackson remains the ultimate music legend.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007050, JNF007060, JNF018010
Dewey 782.42166092
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 860
Guided Reading Level X
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 134892
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Author: Katherine Krohn

Katherine Krohn is the author of many nonfiction books for young readers. She is also a journalist and a fiction writer.

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Gateway Biographies

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“Krohn has a knack for honing in on kid-friendly details . . . a snappy read with some fine back matter, too.” —Booklist

The Horn Book Guide

“These standard biographies offer sanitized facts about each subject’s life, beginning with childhood and ending with present day (which in Sotomayor focuses on her Supreme Court achievements, and in Jackson his legacy after death). The simple, uncluttered design includes appealing captioned photos. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., ind. Review covers these Gateway Biography titles: Michael Jackson and Sonia Sotomayor.” —The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“Accompanied by large, colorful, and clear photographs throughout, the narrative takes readers on the journey of Jackson’s incredible success and fame while handling the more difficult aspects of Jackson’s life, such as molestation charges and drug abuse, in an age-appropriate, straightforward manner. A wide-ranging look at the celebrity’s life and legacy.”
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