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Cover: Lives Cut Short Set 1

Lives Cut Short Set 1 – Horn Book Guide

Each biography opens with a pivotal moment in the performer’s career. The texts then move chronologically from the person’s childhood to his untimely death, touching on upbringing, setbacks, and accomplishments along the way. The volumes are enhanced by their many photos and clean design. View →

 
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It's A! (It's the Alphabet!) – Booklist

The central conceit is clever and educational. To demonstrate a “short a,” the words track, rabbit, cat, and ant are shown alongside associated photos. Then a sentence pulls them all together. The kids. . .will have a fine time breezing through the pages with their active, colorful design… View →

 
Cover: Close Encounters of the Wild Kind

Close Encounters of the Wild Kind – Horn Book Guide

These volumes present cautionary tales of human interactions with wild animals. Each starts off with basic information about the creatures and what makes them dangerous. This is followed by true stories of people being attacked, accompanied by moderately graphic color photos of the aftermath. View →

 
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Mental Disorders, HIV/AIDS (Essential Issues) – Horn Book Guide

These books present overviews of the illnesses. Sidebars, photographs, and illustrations accompany the readable texts. View →

 
Cover: Essential Issues Set 1

Essential Issues Set 1 – Library Media Connection

This series provides a solid background on a wide range of contemporary newsworthy topics. The text is clear and concise, and generally easy to read. For students, some titles will be more interesting than others; however, all are interesting and vital for a middle or high school… View →

 
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Gangs, Drug Trafficking, Children's Rights, Biological & Chemical Warfare (Essential Issues) – Horn Book Guide

These books examine societal issues, reviewing their histories and relating steps taken to combat problems, including laws enacted to protect citizens. The readable texts are enhanced with numerous photographs and sidebars. . . View →

 
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Weather Watchers - Library Media Connection

These books would serve as read-alouds for younger children and basic resources for beginning researchers. . . .The tsunami and hail titles might be welcomed to update a collection.
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Cover: Big Buddy Biographies Set 4

Big Buddy Biographies Set 4 – Horn Book Guide

. . . easy to read, and their subjects may be of interest to children. Many photographs appear throughout the volumes; captions and brief “Did you know. . .” sidebars give additional information on the stars’ family lives, schooling, and professional careers. View →

 
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Xtreme Sports – Horn Book Guide

These books provide middle-elementary students with introductions to action sports in risky environments. The volumes rely on exciting action photos and pulse-pounding texts, including “Xtreme Quotes” to depict the adventurousness and skill required for each activity. View →

 
Cover: Xtreme Predators

Xtreme Predators - Horn Book Guide

. . .“Xtreme Facts” and “Xtreme Quotes” are combined in these reach-out-and-grab-you texts that may attract reluctant readers. View →

 
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Biological & Chemical Warfare (Essential Issues) – Booklist

This title in the Essential Issues series offers a broad overview of biological and chemical weapons. With its clean layout; well-spaced, readable prose; and numerous sidebars and color photos, this title offers an accessible approach to the subject and will raise awareness of the… View →

 
Cover: Stink Set 1

Stink - Library Media Connection

The text will challenge, without taxing, beginning readers and provide struggling readers with the chance to be successful. Young readers will get a kick out of Stink and his adventures, whether they read them independently or hear the stories read aloud. Recommended.
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