The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley (Young Spirit Books)

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Bob Marley's music is known around the globe. The BBC selected One Love as the anthem of the millenium and Time magazine declared EXODUS the album of the twentieth century. However, while much has been said about the man and his music, very little has been written about his childhood and the influences that made him into the most important artist to give voice to the third world. Alive with the vivid colors of Jamaica, The Boy From Nine Miles begins in the small village where Nesta Robert Marley opened his eyes to the world. The story moves to the markets and streets of Kingston. Here, separated from his family, the five-year-old boy first felt the pain and sorrows of poverty. During his year-long stay in Kingston, the young Marley also found the music that was in his heart. By the time he returned to Nine Miles, he knew he would be a singer. Eloquently told by Cedella Marley and Gerald Hausman, The Boy From Nine Miles is illustrated by Mariah Fox in the folk art style of Jamaica. Complete with additional biographical material, a discography, Jamaican glossary, and a brief time-line, The Boy from Nine Miles is a wonderful introduction to Bob Marley that readers of all ages will cherish and enjoy.

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Grade 3-4-A brief account of the musician's childhood in Jamaica, cowritten by his daughter. The two chapters cover the first five years of Marley's life with his mother and grandparents in Nine Miles, and a year he spent in Kingston. The book is full of conversations and descriptions of the young boy's thoughts and feelings as the father he has never known arrives and takes him to be educated in the city, and the writing is at times amateurish. An afterword sketches Marley's career. Framed full- and double-page illustrations in vibrant colors appear throughout. Unfortunately, they fall short of the folk quality to which they clearly aspire. While some young readers may be interested in Marley's life and music, the narrow focus of this book limits its appeal and usefulness.
Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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...a delightful and long awaited children's version of Bob's life...invitingly vivid drawings by Mariah Fox...highly recommended. -- Beat Magazine, May 2002

...compiles a comprehensive tale about the simple boy who grew to teach the world lessons in song...beautiful illustrations. -- Caribbean Life, February 4, 2004

...this intriguing biography describes Marley's early life in such fateful terms...rich, rhythmic language, rife with biblical imagery... -- The Ruminator Review, Winter 2002-2003

In addition to the delightful illustrations of Mariah Fox, the books includes a Jamaican glossary and a brief bibliography. -- Light of Consciousness, Autumn, 2002

The simple story complemented by illustrations in the style of Caribbean folk art portrays Marley's impoverished beginnings. --The Small Press Book Review, July, 2002

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