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California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas

By: Pénélope Bagieu

Before she became the legendary Mama Cass—one quarter of the mega-huge folk group The Mamas and the Papas—Cass Eliot was a girl from Baltimore trying to make it in the big city. Bibliography. Playlist. Black-and-white illustrations done with graphite pencils.

ISBN: 9781626725461

JLG Release: Jun 2017


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity
Topics: Cass Elliott (1941–1974) , The Mamas & the Papas (band) , Music history , 1960s American history , Folk music , Pop music

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Awards & Honors

YALSA 2018 Best Graphic Novels for Teens

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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[STARRED REVIEW]
Long before she was a singing icon, Ellen Cohen was a middle child in an average Baltimore family. Shortly after finishing high school, she went full-force into her quest to become a musical star, adopting the moniker Cass Elliot. Set primarily against the backdrop of the 1960s, this book begins as an exciting discovery
[STARRED REVIEW]
Long before she was a singing icon, Ellen Cohen was a middle child in an average Baltimore family. Shortly after finishing high school, she went full-force into her quest to become a musical star, adopting the moniker Cass Elliot. Set primarily against the backdrop of the 1960s, this book begins as an exciting discovery of an emerging talent but concludes as a somber examination of themes such as lust, body image, family, and broken hearts. Bagieu injects the melancholy, chaotic account of Elliot’s young adulthood with vibrancy. The lack of coloration, the light pencil work, and the long, swooping strokes imbue the narrative with a frenetic sense of motion, evoking the feeling of beat poetry. Although this is a biography—complete with a bibliography—the author crafts story arcs out of the singer’s past to closely emulate the pacing of fiction, making this selection approachable for those unfamiliar with Elliot’s group, the Mamas and the Papas. Bagieu tells the tale through the perspectives of those around Elliot, leaving readers to form their own opinions about her. Because of the depiction of drug use and the inclusion of some nudity, this title is more appropriate for mature readers. VERDICT Recommended for older teen collections, this superb addition is sure to be a future graphic novel classic.—Matisse Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9781626725461

First Release

June 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 6"

Page Count

272

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 5;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

First Second

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse, Illustrations/Images: Nudity/Partial Nudity

Topics

Cass Elliott (1941–1974), The Mamas & the Papas (band), Music history, 1960s American history, Folk music, Pop music,

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