School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-These books center on interviews with young people selected by British charities familiar with their stories. An introduction describes the broader scope of the crisis or situation, and a conclusion offers suggestions for providing aid. The following chapters consist of the interviews, always on an orange background, and abundant sidebars and boxes that provide facts and elaborate on conditions in the home country. Numerous full-color photographs portray the teens, their families, and other scenes relevant to their stories. While the interviews are a tad rambling and long-winded, the material is basically accurate, clearly written, and thought provoking. Ira's story is the most heartrending, given her indomitable spirit in the face of severe disabilities, but the problems attributed to Chernobyl may have been overstated. A newly released U.N. report calls the long-term health and environmental impacts of the disaster severe but far less catastrophic than feared. These series entries suffice for reports, but teens may find greater emotional impact and connection in two fictionalized accounts, Ineke Holtwijk's Asphalt Angels (Front St, 1999), set in Rio de Janeiro, and Francesco D'Adamo's Iqbal (S & S, 2003), based on the life of a Pakistani youth who escaped servitude in a carpet factory and went on to help others before his murder.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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