Gr 9-Up This book can help readers develop an informed opinion about heroin use and its consequences. It presents information about the drug's history, legal efforts to stop its production and use, and recovery issues. The author bases "subjective reports" on interviews he conducted with addicts, and on anecdotal information. Other books present similar material, but Sonder is effective in exploring the sociological, psychological, and philosophical reasons for use of this narcotic. Black-and-white photographs and charts are scattered throughout the text. Useful lists of organizations and online sites, and a thoughtful list of readings and videotapes, are included. Helen Cothran's Heroin (Greenhaven, 2000) goes into more depth on topics such as the pros and cons of needle-exchange and methadone-treatment programs. Mary Ann Littell's Heroin Drug Dangers (Enslow, 1999) is shorter and written at a slightly lower reading level, and therefore more suitable for reluctant readers. -Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.