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Children's LiteratureThe world is becoming more and more confusing. How are young adults supposed to process all the information that they hear in the news? The authors of this new series are trying to explain some of these issues. The series takes the position that people have a responsibility to the Earth and to all people on it. Each of the books covers one of these responsibilities, such as protecting the environment or respecting other cultures. A variety of text types is used to make the reading entertaining. One of the most interesting features is the hosts who appear from time to time. These are four teens that pop up to give readers advice on how to apply the information to their own lives. The series' strongest point is in how it teaches vocabulary. It uses the same words that readers might hear on the news, highlights them in the text and defines them in the margins and in the glossary. These books bring to light issues that are relevant and interesting. They spark conversation and encourage readers to think. While the books at times seem like overgrown brochures, this series, "Global Citizenship," still has a place in many library shelves. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 9 to 12.
— Heather Robertson