School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-12 Two more examinations of this newsworthy medical and social problem. Hyde's customary calm approach toward controversial issues might serve to help young readers avoid the ``plague mentality,'' but the Silversteins' AIDS (Enslow, 1986) is more current, in-depth, and carefully written. Accounts of historical plagues, while summarized in Hyde's book in vivid detail, are widely available and seem here to be used as filler. Coverage of the school attendance controversy justifies the subtitle. The virological explanation is complex and largely speculative. Michael Callen's impassioned 1983 plea to the New York Congressional Delegation for more research money is included, as well as a glossary, index, and organizations list. Of possible use for curriculum support without sensationalism. The Silversteins have combined their lively style and careful research (through early 1986) to outline the latest findings about AIDS with thoroughness and accuracy. About 50% of the text deals with medical detail, but they make it vividly readable. Readers will be left with no doubts about how AIDS is transmitted, and clear directions are given for prevention. Toll-free national AIDS hotline numbers are listed. The chapter on child victims covers the school-attendance debate. Worldwide reaction during the 1980s illustrates the need for more accurate, objective information on the spread and cure of AIDS and its related syndromes, including AFRAIDS (Acute Fear Regarding AIDS). This book is non-judgmental, expressing sympathetic reactions to AIDS patients and impatience with the plague mentality. Both books will be dated fairly quickly, but now, for the young victim, the student, and the curious general reader, the Silversteins' book is the top choice. Anne Osborn, Riverside Public Library, Calif.
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