Gr 5–8—While the title of this series might seem sensational, the subjects covered are ones that readers young and old should be paying attention to. Offering dire yet realistic information about issues such as global warming, world hunger, and pending economic crises, the goal here is to get students thinking about issues beyond their immediate worlds and brainstorming ways in which they can possibly contribute to solutions (or at least raise awareness of the issues). Pages are broken down into easily read paragraphs punctuated by full-color, captioned photos and text boxes that supplement the narrative. Frequent and clearly labeled headings will help students find specific information. An engaging layout and voice further enhances appeal, and readers will find useful facts and arguments for either browsing or more in-depth research. A solid series.