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School Library Journal
Answers to questions such as "What are drugs?" and "What is abuse?" as well as clear language and explanations make this series suitable for fact-finding missions, but the abundant graphics and case studies are likely to draw in browsers as well. Throughout, unfamiliar vocabulary is highlighted in bold and explained in context and in the glossary. Concise explanations of depression's symptoms, self-injurious behaviors, and forms of emotional abuse, for example, will help build students' health literacy. Captioned photos depict multiethnic preteens and teens in posed scenes, although one photograph of an anorexic girl and another of an abused boy are all too realistic. Getting help is the key message, along with taking control by creating personal space, keeping a diary, and thinking through choices. Fact boxes and case study sidebars add information. Further-reading suggestions of novels, diaries, and memoirs will create both literary and personal connections to the topics.