Dream Come True: The Leann Rimes Story

Dream Come True: The Leann Rimes Story

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by Jo Sgammato
     
 

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THE DAZZLING RISE OF A YOUNG COUNTRY STAR

Who is this singer with the incredible voice, the youngest ever artist ever nominated for a Country Music Association Award, and winner of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist? Jo Sgammato traveled from Nashville to LeAnn's hometown of Pearl, Mississippi, then followed her path to Dallas and beyond to reveal her inspiring

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THE DAZZLING RISE OF A YOUNG COUNTRY STAR

Who is this singer with the incredible voice, the youngest ever artist ever nominated for a Country Music Association Award, and winner of the Grammy Award for Best New Artist? Jo Sgammato traveled from Nashville to LeAnn's hometown of Pearl, Mississippi, then followed her path to Dallas and beyond to reveal her inspiring life. From singing at eighteen months through dazzling performances at talent shows, opry stages and sports arenas, here is the heartwarming story of a determined young singer and an American family whose dedication made A DREAM COME TRUE.

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VOYA - Judy Sasges
Fourteen-year-old LeAnn Rimes is country music's youngest hot star. Her best-selling "Blue," a song originally written for Patsy Cline, vaulted to the top of the charts and put Rimes in the limelight. She has appeared on stages and TV programs across the United States. Now, two biographers have published titles chronicling this newcomer's rise to the top. Catalano is the author of several adulatory biographies about YA popular stars, and this one is no different. The chapters are short, the paragraphs are filled with undocumented quotes, and the entire book is 117 pages-perfect for the "read a biography at least a hundred pages long" assignments. The promised sixteen "fabulous photos" are grainy, carefully posed publicity stills. Catalano's prose is fanzine-like. Rimes is tremendously talented but also has worked long and hard for her career. With the help of supportive parents and fortunate breaks, Rimes was able to make a name for herself while in elementary school. The reader of this biography will discover that Rimes's favorite snack is Cheez-Its, and her dream date (which she has not had yet) is dinner and a walk on the beach. This is exactly the sort of information that younger YAs and fans want to learn. Sgammato includes more detail about the country music circuit and compares Rimes to other stars who had hits at an early age, such as Brenda Lee, Tanya Tucker, and Patsy Cline. Brief biographies of these people, including comments about Rimes from some of them, are abruptly inserted into the text, sometimes confusing the reader. Most of the blurry color photos are from People magazine. Sgammato does touch on some areas in which Rimes's life might be less than perfect. For example, Rimes had problems with jealous classmates, a tabloid accused her of being older than she is, and her parents are criticized by the media for depriving her of a childhood. At 157 pages, Sgammato tries to be more in-depth, but most readers will be happy with the gossipier Catalano title. While both authors compliment Rimes for being accessible to the press, neither actually interviewed her. The books are a mix of undocumented secondary sources that contradict each other. Catalano claims Rimes lived her early life in Flowood, Mississippi. Sgammato says the town is Pearl, Mississippi. (A quick Internet search turned up even more possibilities.) Both authors obviously admire Rimes and quote only those who support her ambition. These are not serious biographies and include neither index nor source documentation, but they do give the reader a superficial look at one of country's newest talents. Photos. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: LeAnn Rimes: The Country Queen and Dream Come True: The LeAnn Rimes Story. VOYA Codes: 2Q 4P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).

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ISBN-13:
9780345472762
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
734,906
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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