Read About Today's Hottest Entertainment and Sports Stars! Do you know: Where pop singer Jewel lived before her first album sold millions? What famous star Heath Ledger resembles? (Hint: it led to Heath's big break in the movies!) How soccer star Brandi Chastain got her start? What unusual hobby Mike Myers does when he's not making hit movies? How Mark McGwire did in his very first baseball game? This is just a taste of the information your students will read about in this collection of 46 mini-biographies. Each high-interest/low vocabulary story spotlights one of today's hottest stars and is followed by a variety of fun activities to test reading comprehension. Since most people enjoy reading about celebrities, even reluctant readers should be eager to take on these enlightening biographies. Read about `N Sync, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tiger Woods, Ricky Martin, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jim Carrey, Shaquille O'Neal, Jennifer Aniston and more! Easy-to-Read, High-Interest Stories Facts are presented in easy-to-read, one-paragraph stories. They are terrific for students who have trouble reading longer passages, those reading below grade level, and ESL students. Additionally, the star-studded material is sure to be a hit for anxious and reluctant readers! Hands-on Activities Each motivating story is followed by hands-on activities designed to improve overall reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. Unique cloze-reading exercises help students to retain what it is they have read, while improving their reading speed and vocabulary. Relevant questions, word definitions, puzzles, writing activities, and more help to build a solid foundation of skills.