Gr 7 Up-The purpose of these titles is to introduce American students to the European Union (EU). Each book includes an introduction by the EU ambassador and a generic chapter on the organization's history, purposes, and structure, followed by one on the particular country's EU interactions. Unfortunately, the volumes don't do justice to either the EU or the nations belonging to it. The material is poorly written and often difficult to follow. There are numerous errors and major omissions, and the authors assume more knowledge from readers than is likely to exist. The maps omit geographical features, making it hard to comprehend the chapters on "the landscape." Each book concludes with a calendar of festivals; recipes; and suggestions for projects, all of which require substantial research (with no guidance as to where to start). Jean F. Blashfield's Germany (2003); Ann Heinrichs's Luxembourg (2005); and Don Nardo's France (2000, all Children's Press) are more thorough titles for this audience.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.