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Children's LiteratureThis title opens with a story about a 13-year-old asthmatic and how he has learned to live with the disease. The author succinctly discusses the functions of the respiratory, circulatory, and immune systems, tying this discussion to the process of asthma and its triggers. There is an interesting explanation of how the immune system fights germs, dust, and viruses. Diagrams or interesting microscopic photos are included on each page spread, but might be more instructive with additional labeling. A chapter on the history of asthma is intriguing. "Living with Asthma" provides important information on treatment modalities, how to avoid asthma triggers, rescue medications, and a brief discussion of coping with asthma as a normal part of life. However, understanding body systems is complex to begin with, and is complicated here by the dense text and questionable readability of font type throughout the book. The book contains a glossary of words that are in bold in the text, an index, and "Find Out More" resource lists of organizations, books and websites. This is a useful resource book for learning more about asthma and for school reports. Other titles in the "Health Alert" series include Alzheimer's Disease, Depression, Heart Disease, Lung Cancer and Juvenile Diabetes. 2005, Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, Ages 9 to 12.