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School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 4–7—This series strives to strengthen critical thinking skills by encouraging readers to consider both sides of various issues. The authors present advantages and disadvantages of current and compelling topics, such as the effects of social media, pitfalls of advertising, and pros and cons of animal testing. The language is simple and straightforward, but this series isn't as engaging as others on the subject, and while it does ask questions ("What do you think?") and gives five short tips for forming arguments in a "Debate It!" section, it does not go too deeply into rhetorical devices. In addition, the set sometimes makes unsupported claims (such as "Advertising may be partly to blame for the piles of trash in the world's landfills."). Not an essential purchase for collections that already cover these topics.