Defining Events of the Twenty-First Century Reviews

Catastrophes in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 978-1-68282-601-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-603-4
Pop Culture and Entertainment in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 978-1-68282-602-7 / eBook: 978-1-68282-604-1
Science and Technology in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 978-1-68282-605-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-606-5
Social Change in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 978-1-68282-607-2 / eBook: 978-1-68282-608-9
War and Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century ISBN 978-1-68282-609-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-610-2
School Library Journal, November 1, 2019

Gr 7 Up—Engaging writing with up-to-date content informs readers about topics as varied as Black Lives Matter, genetic modification, and natural disasters. Each title has an opening and closing essay to frame the content presented, and the authors contextualize events and movements well. Images are relevant and appropriately captioned, but not all graphs are credited. Photography credits are listed in the back matter. Source notes exist for quoted material only, which is mostly secondary sources. A liberal perspective comes through in one of the titles, which is reflected in the source notes and recommended websites.
VERDICT Overall, these titles provide current information about topics in the news and on readers’ screens, but libraries may want to pair them with other series like “Opposing Viewpoints” to give readers additional perspectives.