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Russell Freedman



Russell Freedman
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   10.8

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     challenging words:    admirable, agency, publicity, armed, publication, further, military, occupation, extensive, historical, writing, informative, fiction, factual, various, highly
     content words:    Russell Freedman, San Francisco, John Steinbeck, Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson, San Jose State University, English Literature, Korean War, Associated Press, New York


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Russell Freedman
By Jamie Kee
  

1     American author Russell Freedman is known for his nonfiction books for children. He chooses topics that are of interest to him and covers a wide range of subject matters, from animal behaviors to important historical figures. Freedman spends much time researching his topics so that he can provide books that are both informative and interesting.
 
2     Freedman was born in San Francisco, California, in 1929. He grew up with his parents and one sister. Because of his occupation, Freedman's father, a publishing company sales manager, often entertained highly regarded authors such as John Steinbeck. His mother worked in a bookstore as a clerk. Throughout his childhood, Freedman realized the importance of books. Even though he wasn't an exceptional student, he was successful in subjects that interested him such as history and geography. Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, was one of Freedman's favorite childhood books. Freedman also enjoyed writing. In junior high school he won a city-wide essay contest.
 
3     Following his high school graduation, Freedman attended San Jose State University and later the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, Freedman was drafted into the armed forces where he was stationed in Korea and Japan during the Korean War.

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