This Boy: The Early Lives of John Lennon & Paul McCartney 

One of People's Must-Read Books of Fall 2023!


An inside look at the early lives of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, This Boy is a perfect book for anyone embracing their inner Beatlemania.

This Boy is a gripping biography of two musical legends. Beginning with their births during World War II England and ending with their famous performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, this book is action packed from beginning to end. Whether you are a lifelong Beatles fan or new to their music, this book is an excellent source of Beatles lore that is relatively unknown. 

With expert research from Ilene Cooper and rarely seen photographs of the Beatles in their early days, this book will serve as not only an interesting biography of two significant historical figures, but also a fun read about rock and roll and how the lives of two people can change the world.


* "Illuminating reading for dreamers and doers already attuned to beats of their own."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Generously illustrated with period photographs, the beautifully written result is fascinating and compulsively readable, as Cooper dramatically demonstrates that, together, the two made magic."
Booklist, starred review

* "A WWII book, a rock ‘n’ roll book, a buddy adventure, this should be an easy sell. Highly recommended."
School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
August 15, 2023 | 192 pages | Ages 10–14

Available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook

"An impressive achievement . . . This Boy is a wonderful primer for the kind of kid who is nuts enough about music to want to grasp the social context in which it was made."
The New York Times
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