Did you know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, friends and political rivals, died only hours apart from each other on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Or that famed magician Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle were besties until a séance gone wrong ruined their friendship? Famous Friends explores fascinating stories like these to find out what happens when someone who is really famous becomes friends with someone ELSE who's really famous.
From the original "bromance" to Taylor Swift's #squadgoals, get ready to learn about the coolest friendships of all time in Famous Friends!
About the Author
Jennifer Castle is the author of the YA novels You Look Different in Real Life, The Beginning of After, and What Happens Now (June 2016), as well as the novella Playing Kiera. The Beginning of After was an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, a Chicago Public Library's 2012 "Best of the Best" Book for teens list, and a 2011 ABC New Voices selection.
Jennifer is also the creator and executive producer of "It's My Life," an award-winning PBS KIDS website for children aged 8 to 13. As a writer and producer of content for kids and teens, Jennifer has worked on projects for Steven Spielberg’s Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, McGraw-Hill Publishing, and WNET-13. She has served on an educational technology proposal review panel for the National Science Foundation and on the PBS Teachersource Advisory Group.
Bill Spring is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. He has been a professional writer in New York and Los Angeles for over 20 years, including eleven years as Senior Editor and Community Manager for "It's My Life," the PBS Kids website for tweens. As a punch-up screenwriter for Hollywood studios and production companies, Bill has worked on such projects as The Berenstain Bears, Simon Bloom: Gravity Keeper, Aliens in the Attic, Mama's Boy, and Seal Team Seven.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Did you know that C.S.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were best friends? What about Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald? I know I didn’t until I read this book. In their book Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present, authors Jennifer Castle and Bill Spring cover almost every type of famous friendship. They certainly highlight unlikely friendship combos like Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckly. Lincoln was the first lady of the United States and she was best friends with her dressmaker! This type of friendship was considered unconventional at the time, but the two were close companions for years. This book features bright colors and a fun, user-friendly format filled with fun facts and pictures of the famous people mentioned that give the reader the ability to really visualize what these people look(ed) like. The only downside of this book is that some friendships end unhappily, but that isn’t anything that the authors could control. Overall, this book was a good, but quick read. It is perfect for any kid interested in celebrities or random trivia and I would give it four stars. I would definitely recommend it to children ages 10-12. Martha C., Age 13, Columbus Area Mensa