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Stephen King
Wukovits, John F., 1944-
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Publication Information:
San Diego, CA : Lucent Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Discusses the life, career, and influence of the popular horror writer Stephen King.
Reading Level:
1130 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.4 3.0 31321.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.1 7 Quiz: 21121 Guided reading level: NR.
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PS3561.I483 Z96 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Discusses the life, career, and influence of the popular horror writer Stephen King.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. Part of the People in the News series, this brief biography of the famous Geist-meister is a classic rags-to-riches story: poor boy raised by hardworking mother studies hard, eventually graduates from college, marries, finds a job, decides to try writing . . . and the rest is history. Wukovitz characterizes King today as a generous, devoted family man, who writes the kind of stories he loved as a boy--only writing them better. Librarians and teachers may not be thrilled with King's books, but middle-school and high-school students certainly are. They will read this biography for pleasure and use it for the "read a biography or autobiography" assignment, if they can. Black-and-white photos are scattered throughout, as are boxed insets and numerous quotes from the author, his friends, associates, and rivals. There are no details about his recent nasty accident, which occurred after publication, but this is still a worthwhile purchase that will appeal to many kids, including reluctant readers. A time line and further readings are appended. --Jean Franklin

Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Superb biographies of two blockbuster authors. Each book summarizes the writer's work and contributions, offers an overview of his early life and influences, and later chapters show the development of his career. The final section discusses current and future projects. Both authors include inspiring or humorous anecdotes about their subjects that are sure to appeal to this age group. Weaver discusses Grisham's unique contribution to the genre of the legal thriller. Young readers will be able to identify with his early dreams of a baseball career and his struggles in school. Wukovits discusses King's early influences in a brief introduction to the horror genre as it existed at the time the author began to write. He also examines his subject's ability to bridge the gap between horror novels and mainstream fiction. Black-and-white photographs from the film and television adaptations of both men's work enhance both of these compelling biographies. Outstanding selections.-Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.