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Children's LiteratureThis book provides a complete, perhaps exhaustive, treatment of its topic for a high school audience in five chapters. It is a textbook, not an informative pleasure reader, due to its scientific prose, Spartan illustrations, and topical treatment. Chapters cover how and why we sleep, amounts of sleep, sleep and the brain, sleep disorders, and dreaming. The book is highly informative, probably containing much more information than the casual teen reader would desire. This would make it a useful book for high school students learning research techniques, except for a serious drawback. The text itself neither contains footnotes nor indicates the presence of endnotes, although a highly unorthodox "notes" section at the end of the book lists page numbers and citations. However, this format does not allow the reader to know what material on a given page is covered by the citation. Another weakness is the unattractive, repetitive graphics and layout. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 13 to 17.