School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up
This up-to-date, excellent overview of Down syndrome addresses controversies and ethical issues associated with this genetic disorder. Parks also reports on current and potential scientific advances that may prevent it in the future and offer a better quality of life and opportunities for those born with it. HPV examines prevention techniques and treatments, explains scientific advances that might prevent HPV, and presents information about vaccines and controversies surrounding them. Important features in both volumes include primary-source quotations with citations, illustrations, facts, tables, and colorful informational sidebars. Useful for reports and for general information.-Caroline Geck, Newark Public Schools, NJ
VOYA, August 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 3) - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
A frank survey of medical statistics concerning HPV and the HPV vaccine, Parks’s summation incorporates charts, photos, sidebars, research chronology, and primary sources to valorize the need for immunization. The fact-filled text covers the risks from cervical cancer as well as other types of sexually transmitted diseases, particularly the human immunodeficiency virus. Primary and secondary indexing leads the reader to specifics of population protection, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. To assess arguments against universal inoculation, the author incorporates a fair appraisal of objections to immunization. For its solid research and accessibility, this book deserves a place in the middle school, high school, and public library. (Compact Research: Diseases and Disorders) Reviewer: Mary Ellen Snodgrass; Ages 11 to 18.