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Gr 9 Up- Marley and his larger-than-life story are adequately portrayed in this serviceable biography. Miller describes his subject's birth in the Jamaican village of Nine Miles in 1945 to a black mother and white father. His mixed racial heritage and poverty made his childhood difficult. He began playing music and singing at an early age and later formed the Wailers with a childhood friend. The band became known for a distinctive reggae sound that made them famous around the world. The clearly written text provides a solid background by discussing Jamaican history, Rasta beliefs, and contemporary political events. The book is evenhanded, showing Marley's successes as well as his flaws, including his extramarital affairs, and also mentions his use of marijuana and an assassination attempt on his life. Black-and-white and a few color photographs add to the narrative, and source notes that identify the origins of the quotes appear throughout.-Kristen Oravec, Stephen S. Wise Elementary School, Los AngelesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.