This forthright entry in the Straight Talk series informs rather than alarms, presenting all the information teenagers need to understand gambling, from its history and origins, to the different types of gambling, to identifying a compulsive problem. Saunders breaks up well-organized and well-researched facts and statistics with composite profiles of teens and how gambling affects their lives. She never indulges in finger-wagging, yet communicates that gambling is not for everyone. Students will be able to make decisions about whether or not to participate, and how to find help for someone with a problem. (index, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15) .