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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up- These books combine fictional stories of teens facing various challenges with nonfiction sections providing textbook-style information about the challenge or condition. The fictional portions tell simplistic stories of depressed and dysfunctional teens who turn their lives around and find hope for the future. The nonfiction portions, which appear at the end of each short chapter, deliver statistics and facts interspersed with stock images that add little to the texts. The introduction (which is the same in each book) refers repeatedly to students with disabilities, which, in the case of these three titles, seems to imply that being gifted or transgendered or a cultural minority is a disability. The cover art is unappealing, particularly the illustration of the teen with gender issues. Readers with challenges to overcome deserve better resources than these books provide.-Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MNCopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.