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Hey, Everyone,

I’m delighted to announce that my newest celebrity biographies were officially released yesterday. Please join me in welcoming DEMI LOVATO: TAKING ANOTHER CHANCE and VICTORIA JUSTICE: TELEVISION’S IT GIRL (Lerner Press, 2013).

Welcome, ladies!

And guess what? School Library Journal has already reviewed the series, which also includes books about Bella Thorne, Carly Rae Jepsen, Cody Simpson, and the band The Wanted! You can read their review below.

“Gr 5-8–Along with high-appeal content, these celebrity biographies also offer high visual appeal with an engaging, colorful format and numerous photos. However, there is perhaps too much happening. Sidebars (which details the stars’ favorite foods, movies, etc.) can distract from the texts, which are often choppy and too casual. Quotes from the actors/performers are scattered throughout, and full-color photos adorn almost every page (in addition to a final spread in each book devoted just to “pics”). The titles read more like teen magazines than biographies, but that might not be a problem if libraries have high demand for information about these particular stars.”

I sure had fun writing about these ladies. I hope you have fun reading about them!


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Happy Release Day, Dwayne, Lea, Taylor, and Taylor!

Hey, Everybody,

I’m delighted to announce that today is Release Day for my celebrity biographies, DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON, LEA MICHELE, TAYLOR LAUTNER, and TAYLOR SWIFT!

Here’s what my publisher, The Child’s World, has to say about the Stars of Today series:

                 “The Stars of Today series introduces today’s hottest celebrities to young readers.
                 Each book covers a star’s early life, rise to fame, and career highlights. Interesting
                 quotes and anecdotes are captured in sidebars throughout each book. A glossary
                 and lists of additional resources help readers better understand each star. This
                 series is a must-read for any fan of these celebrities!”

Want to rub elbows with a star?  Order online or ask your librarian to pick up a copy!

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Interview with Nancy I Sanders

Hey, Everyone,

Today I’m being interviewed about my upcoming celebrity biographies on Nancy I Sanders’ blog.  Check it out!  http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/author-interview-jody-jensen-shaffer/#comment-3338

Thanks, Nancy!

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