J. R. R. Tolkienby David R. Collins
Research has found that the majority of middle school students have not reached a proficient reading level and that there are few age-appropriate resources available for older struggling readers. The new and innovative, Just the Facts Biographies series, which offers more than 100 pages on the lives of some of history's most important and influential figures, addresses these concerns by presenting biographies written at a 3rd grade level, but designed for middle school students. Each biography has been assessed by an educational expert to ensure that it enhances students' comprehension and vocabulary, enabling struggling readers to gain the practice and skills necessary to become more proficient readers and progress to a higher reading level. J.R.R. Tolkein is known as the "Master of Fantasy" and his Lord of the Rings trilogy are some of the best-selling books in history. An Oxford University professor, Tolkein invented his own languages and helped write the New English Dictionary. From writing his first story at age seven to fighting in World War I to the recent "Tolkein-mania" created by the release of The Lord of the Rings films, discover the successes and failures of this extraordinary man."
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