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Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

Popular Culture: 1980-1999

What was the impact of hip-hop on pop culture? Who were the New Romantics? And what was Grunge all about? Reagan and Thatcher, Clinton and Blair, politics played a role in the popular culture of the era. So did technology, with video game arcades popping up anywhere teenagers might be lurking. Early home game consoles like the Atari 2600 also found their way into many homes, as did the records, cassette tapes, and compact disks of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, and U2.

BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Age Level11-15 Years
Reading LevelGrades 6-9
Trim Size0 x 0
Page Count64



School Library Journal - Alyson Low

"These books highlight the TV, movies, music, fashion, art, and major events of each decade of the 20th century. Unfortunately, they are dotted with pesky problems. Stilted, weak writing produces silly euphemisms (such as James Bond "found time to date many beautiful women"), and the set’s design is uninspired. "Yuppie" is wrongly defined as "young upwardly mobile professional"; the 3-D film craze is said to have passed quickly even though such movies continue to be blockbuster hits, and there are some unhelpful glossary entries. For example, in 1900-1919, the one for "honky-tonk" gives the same definition as the main text. Flaws such as these build a strong case for the unreliability of these retrospectives as report material. The well-selected photographs and reproductions and abundant back matter aren’t enough to bring them up to snuff. -- Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR School Library Journal, "Series Made Simple" 11/1/2012" - School Library Journal

November 1, 2012


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2013 YA Top 40 ...this series is a nice addition for American Studies research and Common Core connections to history.

May 1, 2013

Jilly Hunt

Jilly Hunt

Jilly Hunt has over 15 years experience of educational publishing. Formerly an editor for Pearson, Jilly is now a freelance children's writer and editor. She has written more than 15 non-fiction books for children and young adults. She graduated from Oxford Brookes University with BA Honours in Publishing and History of Art. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband two small children.

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