Steve Jobs

Technology Innovator and Apple Genius

From the Series Gateway Biographies

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

On October 5, 2011, the news of the death of technology innovator Steve Jobs rocked the world. The failing health of the Apple cofounder and Pixar CEO was no secret. Jobs had given up his role as Apple’s CEO just a few months prior because of his struggle with pancreatic cancer. But his death still drew a huge reaction. From Apple employees and fans to political and business leaders, people honored Jobs’s passing by reflecting on his prolific life that greatly influenced the way technology is used.

In 1976, Jobs founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak. As the leaders of Apple, they developed concepts—such as navigating by using a mouse to click screen icons—that shaped the way we use and interact with computers. Jobs’s forward-thinking engineering also influenced pop culture, bringing us a music revolution with the iPod, the ultimate communication device with the iPhone, and some of the first computer-animated films through Pixar.

Called by some “the da Vinci of our time,” Jobs used his innovation and vision to help advance technology like no other. He lived his life following a simple premise: “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-46770-216-4
$47.99 $35.99
978-1-46775-978-6
$46.65 $34.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.7
BISACS JNF038100, JNF012000, JNF007090
Dewey 338.7'61004092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 880
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 151755
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Teaching Guides, and Timeline

Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“A valuable introduction to [Jobs’] life and legacy.” —The Horn Book Guide

Booklist

“Insertion of documented photographs adds interest to the text, which includes at the end a satisfying time line. Part of the Gateway Biographies series, this is a good addition to middle grade library collections.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“A perceptive portrait of an iconic entrepreneur.” —School Library Journal

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.

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Gateway Biographies

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