Read about contemporary celebrities. At the age of 8, music sensation Britney Spears tried out for the Mickey Mouse Club. Country music artist Faith Hill was working at a music publishing firm when she was encouraged to make a demo music tape. As a girl, singer Janet Jackson dreamed of being a jockey. This is just a taste of the information found in the 14 mini-biographies featured in this Reader. Each spotlights one of the world's hottest female musicians or groups. Madonna, Brandy, Mariah Carey, The Dixie Chicks, Cristina Aguilera, and Sheryl Crow are among the stars featured. Since most people enjoy reading about celebrities, even reluctant readers will be eager to take on these interesting one-page articles. A photo accompanies each bio to assist with visual recognition. Learning activities follow each reading to test comprehension, enrich vocabulary, and enhance following-directions skills. Relevant questions, word/definition matching, crossword puzzles, and fill-in-the-blanks are among the activities featured. Finally, there is a related research project for each story.