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Selena
     

Selena

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by Barbara J. Marvis
 

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From the time she was nine years old, Selena sang with the family band. They played at weddings, dances, and festivals. They did not make much money. But after years of hard work, Selena was becoming well known. In 1987, she won the Tejano Music Awards. In 1989, the band signed a contract with EMI Latin. In 1994, the album Selena Live! won a Grammy for the best

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From the time she was nine years old, Selena sang with the family band. They played at weddings, dances, and festivals. They did not make much money. But after years of hard work, Selena was becoming well known. In 1987, she won the Tejano Music Awards. In 1989, the band signed a contract with EMI Latin. In 1994, the album Selena Live! won a Grammy for the best Mexican-American performance. Selena was a millionaire by the time she was nineteen. She was on her way to international stardom. She was making an English-language album. She had her own boutique. But not all success stories have happy endings... This is the story of Selena.

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Gr 5 UpPopular subjects, large-print format, and ample white space make these titles natural selections for new adult and reluctant teen readers. The biographies follow a formula to describe the artists' childhood years and the trials and tribulations that they endured before achieving success. Large, full-color photos grace the covers and average-to-poor quality black-and-white snapshots appear throughout. Carey includes the singer's recent separation from her husband. It is a bit simplistic and repetitive, but there is enough story to sustain interest. However, readers may be distracted by the shift from strict chronological order. The profile of Rodriguez is based on personal interviews with the filmmaker and is the strongest of the three entries. Fortunately, it is as much about growing up in a large family and following your dreams as it is about filmmaking, since his big screen hits are rated "R." A strong sense of family is also evident in Selena's story. Marvis discusses the singer's tragic death and touches on her many visits to schools, but sadly there is no mention of the "stay in school" message she delivered so often. There is also nothing said about the icon status that she has achieved since her death. One sentence is repeated verbatim three times. Still, all three titles provide examples of people with humble beginnings who worked hard and were able to achieve their goals.Linda L. Plevak, Alamo Area Library System, San Antonio, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584152262
Publisher:
Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Series:
A Blue Banner Biography Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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Selena 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i saw the movie i just cryed about the ending, and i loved it so much! I just had to get the book, i was so excited to get it! If you want a fantastic book about a Tejano singer named Selena, you have to buy this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is and will always be la reina(the queen)im still in the same shock i was 10 years ago..if i see a quick image of her on t.v. my heart just breaks,she was and always will be Selena...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Read This Book And It Is The Best! This Kinda Of Book Is A Must Have!!! If Anyone Wants To Read A Good Book On Selena This Is It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selena, how can even explain.She was such a great singer and you will enjoy her too. She inspired many of us.This book explains from beggining to end about her.You will enjoy it .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK THAT THE BOOK SO VERY GOOD AND HOPEFULL THAT THAY WELL PUT SOME MORE BOOKS ABOUT HER
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love Selena's stuff.I am very fanatic of her.I want to be like her when I'm about 18-20 years old.i love Selena so much,that I even had a dream with her in it!I have about 7 C.D.'s of Selena.I love her.I think she is the best singer on earth!my favorite song is 'Como La Flor'.