Children's Literature - Pat TrattlesIn 2007, approximately thirty-three million people throughout the world were living with AIDS. More than two million of those died. Experts predict that by 2020, sixty-eight million people will have died from AIDS. That is more than were killed in World War I and World War II combined. While AIDS has affected people from all over the globe, ninety percent of AIDS sufferers live in poor countries. What causes AIDS, and who is at most risk? Can AIDS be prevented? Will a cure for HIV ever be found? This book deals with these questions and many other issues revolving around this deadly disease and is part of the "Voices" series from Smart Apple Media. It does not pretend to provide an answer to the AIDS problem. Rather it presents all sides of the issue in order to stimulate debate and discussion. What makes it stand out from other books on the same topic is its heavy reliance on first person accounts from experts in the field as well as AIDS sufferers, such as sixteen-year old Ryan White, who caught HIV when he was given a blood transfusion, or Mindy, who got it when given a tattoo using an infected needle. In addition to statistics, charts, graphs, photographs, and short, information packed text, it includes a timeline, glossary, comprehensive index, suggested books, and websites for further reading. Aimed at students in grade seven and above, this volume will be a welcome addition to school and library shelves everywhere. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
School Library JournalGr 7-9–The chapter spreads in these volumes each pose an open-ended question. For example, in Hunger, topics range from “Can We Feed the World?” to “Can Charities Make a Real Difference?” The sharing of first-person perspectives makes these volumes good choices for classroom supplements, and their many color photographs will draw in browsers. However, the books’ hyperkinetic design, in which multiple typefaces and little white space lead to a cluttered look, mutes their impact. Except where the quotes come from previously published sources, they are unattributed beyond the names of the speakers, their ages, and their locations. Still, this series is a worthwhile resource, especially for students seeking a more immediate sense of current-event topics.
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