Lady Gaga

Pop's Glam Queen

From the Series USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

As USA TODAY, the Nation’s No. 1 Newspaper, noted, Lady Gaga is an “Overnight sensation who went from a Yonkers [New York] lounge act to, well, a fame monster.” The meteoric rise of Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, to the top of the pop charts surprised some. But Gaga spent years working, waiting, and honing her craft in the underground New York music scene, until her singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” launched her to international fame in 2008. She has developed such a large and loyal fan base that in 2011, Forbes magazine ranked her as No. 1 on their annual Celebrity 100 list of top moneymakers.

An outspoken and avid supporter of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights, Gaga values inclusiveness: “To me there is nothing more powerful than one song that you can put on in a room anywhere in the world and somebody gets up and dances.” From her sudden rise to the top to her musical integrity and social activism, Lady Gaga has the world under her control. And her orders? Just dance!

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS YAN006050, YAN006060, YAN006140
Dewey 782.42164092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 1070
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Table of contents

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.


The Horn Book Guide

“Each book contains background about social movements, fashion, and musical influences, plus excerpts from USA Today articles. Queen Latifah’s childhood and family life, as well as Lady Gag’s development of her persona, are covered in detail, while topics such as drugs and sexual orientation are also discussed. Fans won’t mind the crowded layout. Latifah has a glossary; Gaga has a timeline.” —The Horn Book Guide


“Sparkling graphics, stylish layout, and engaging writing will attract young readers, especially those needing one-hundred-plus-page biographies for assignments….Admirable.” —VOYA