Gr 5-8-Young teens may be put off by untrendy graphics, but this set does manage to provide basic, up-to-date information on topics of interest to this age group. Each slender volume focuses on one theme: Staying in Shape, Looking Your Best, Eating for Health, Understanding Sexuality, and Recognizing Your Emotions. Discussions include exercise, body image, nutrition, eating disorders, puberty, reproduction, STDs, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mood swings, and exam pressure. Simple, straightforward text and color photographs, diagrams, charts, and drawings combine to create a busy layout. Some illustrations are more informative than others: the pictures of ordinary things such as jockstraps and plantar warts are more helpful than those of teens at work or play. Sections dealing with gender issues and sexuality are sensitively handled in word and illustration. Information on contraception and disease prevention is presented matter-of-factly, and teen sexual activity is not treated as a fait accompli: balance is provided in chapters called "Deciding about sex" and "Know yourself." A cumulative index appears in each volume. Teenage Life is authoritative, reassuring, and totally without attitude.-Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.