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School Library Journal
This series covers issues and behaviors that adversely affect a person's well-being. Though age appropriate, the books have a touch of sensationalism throughout. A photo of a skeleton hand extinguishing a cigarette, one of a teen passed out holding a liquor bottle, and the description of Krystan first trying marijuana at 10 years old and then becoming a heavy drug user at 16 are some of the attention-grabbing devices. Never mind that there is no further mention of Krystan or whether she is even a real person. Also hit or miss are the "Learning & Innovation Skills," "21st Century Content," and "Life & Career Skills" margin notes. While these features encourage further research and critical thinking, they at times fall short in follow-through. For example, one recommends visiting the American Heart Association's Web site but does not cite its address. These overviews will engage reluctant readers, but there are lamentably few further-reading citations.