Aimed at middle school students, this condensed version of the geographic, social, economic and political history of West Virginia presents a balanced view with just a few editorial issues. Using plenty of color and period photographs, maps, lists and period drawings, the book provides a window into the uniqueness of the state. The authors have included quotes from residents and visitors, which lend a personal quality to the descriptions. Some issues with research will need to be corrected by an alert teacher; the Cranberry Glades are said to be located in the southwestern part of the state, when they are actually in the southeastern part. Adena culture is said to have settled between 1000 BCE and 500 BCE, while another edition for younger students by the same publisher describes it as arriving "around 3000 BCE." One wonders which date is correct. Otherwise, this book is a well-rounded view that includes nearly every facet of the state's history, both current and past, presented in a way that will interest young readers. An index and a list of sources for further study are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.