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Spike Lee : on his own terms
McDaniel, Melissa.
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Publication Information:
New York : Franklin Watts, [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Chronicles the life and career of controversial filmmaker Spike Lee.
Reading Level:
1000 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.8 2.0 1753.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.4 4 Quiz: 19239 Guided reading level: R.
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PN1998.3.L44 M33 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Spike Lee is one of the most popular and innovative filmmakers working today. With films such as She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, and Malcolm X, Spike Lee has explored complex issues in a style that is both entertaining, challenging, and fun.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. This title in the Book Report Biographies series profiles director Spike Lee, whose films have garnered acclaim and generated much controversy. McDaniel traces Lee's life growing up in New York City, his work at film school, and his steadfast determination to make and promote his films, regardless of public response and periodic lack of funding. Race issues are lightly discussed, as are the controversies surrounding Lee's films and his public behavior. Lee is varyingly portrayed as pioneer; victim of prejudice (by blacks as well as whites) visionary; and mass-marketing genius. The simply written, easy-to-read biography includes photos of Lee and his family and stills from his movies for visual reference. The pulled quotes that are given much visual space are poorly selected and make no sense out of context. However, the book provides a good introduction to the life and works of an intriguing filmmaker committed to bucking trends and racial stereotypes in film. Chronology; glossary; source notes; further reading list. --Shelle Rosenfeld

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Like Jim Haskins's Spike Lee (Walker, 1997) and James Hardy's Spike Lee (Chelsea, 1994), this title examines the career of the talented director, writer, and promoter who has challenged and changed the way blacks are portrayed on screen. McDaniel presents an objective and interesting overview without glossing over the controversies that have surrounded her subject's actions. The book is illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos of Lee and scenes from his movies, and some pictures that are more like filler than informative.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.