This text is part of a series specifically focused on introducing young readers to health issues commonly faced in our world today. This particular text, with its focus Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, contains twelve chapters that begin with a general introduction to the disorder and what it is, how it tends to occur and is diagnosed, and the strengths connected to ADHD (as a balance against the problems it can cause for young people). The book then moves into a consideration of how people who have ADHS "live" with it; this sequence of information, with its emphasis on responding to and controlling behaviors, also has a nice section discussing how to be a friend to someone who is dealing with the disorder. The final narrative section focuses on a famous person who has the disease—in this case, Michael Phelps, the Olympic swimming champion—and how he has persevered in his field despite ADHD. A "Truth About" section comes at the end of each text, and is actually a short quiz that careful readers of the text should ace. Well-chosen photos throughout the text help to illustrate aspects of life with the disorder and are generally positive pictures of young people interacting with others. The glossary and "Find Out More" sections at the end provide additional resources for those who would like more about ADHD. This book and the series in general attempt to provide a broad informational baseline for young readers, and both succeed. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)
Meet the Author
Elizabeth Raum has written over two-dozen nonfiction books for young readers, including a biography of Louis Armstrong for Capstone Press. She also has written picture books and adult nonfiction titles. She has a degrees in English literature and library science. Over the years, she has worked as a middle school and high school English teacher, an elementary school librarian, and a college library director. She loves to read and enjoys helping other readers discover great books. Elizabeth Raum has written many nonfiction books for children. She has also written picture books and books for adults. Two of her Capstone You Choose books, "Orphan Trains: An Interactive History Adventure" (2011) and "Can You Survive Storm Chasing?" (2012), are Junior Library Guild selections. Elizabeth lives in Michigan with her husband, Richard. Over the years she has lived in Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, and North Dakota. She has two grown sons and two granddaughters, who like reading her books. Elizabeth enjoys biking, hiking, reading, and—of course—writing!