Gr 5 Up-Wilson profiles King's life from his childhood to his years as a struggling author to his phenomenal success to his well-publicized June 1999 accident. She draws readers into the author's world through documented quotes and anecdotes. Fans will delight in the background stories that Wilson provides about a variety of King's works, including the opening chapter's account of the inspiration behind The Shining. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations enhance the accompanying text. A list of the author's works, chapter notes, related Internet addresses, and an index with photos noted in bold type complete this work. This book is longer and more comprehensive than John Wukovits's Stephen King (Lucent, 1999). Both books are equally deserving of a place in most libraries.-Leah J. Sparks, Bowie Public Library, MD
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