Library Media Connection, August/September 2014
Decade studies are a staple of many social studies curricula. This series covers the years 2000 through 2009. Clearly written narratives are interspersed with color photographs, informative sidebars, and occasional pro/con “perspectives” arguments that draw on editorials and primary sources. Each volume shares a timeline and "Words of the 2000s" appendix; individual volumes include a list of important people and a brief but well-chosen “For Further Research” list of books and websites. There is some overlap between volumes. More significantly, decisions of where to cover certain topics seem somewhat arbitrary which could effect location of specific information. Nevertheless, the series provides a solid overview of an eventful decade.
—Catherine M. Andronik, Teacher Librarian, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, Connecticut
Catastrophic Events of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-522-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-523-9
Cultural Milestones of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-524-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-525-3
Science and Technology of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-528-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-529-1
Sports and Entertainment of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-526-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-527-7
Terrorism and War of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-530-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-531-4
School Library Journal, November 1, 2013
Gr 8 Up—This series recaps important events, trends, and scientific and cultural milestones of the first decade of the 21st century. Authors objectively describe their topics and give enough background to aid reader understanding but provide little analysis about either contemporaneous reactions or historical importance. Occasional “Perspectives” sidebars offer viewpoints on controversial issues. There is considerable overlap among the books, particularly on the subjects of technology and terrorism. The books are sparsely illustrated with average-quality photos that add little. Much of the material will become dated quickly, making the series of little use to most students.Catastrophic Events of the 2000s: ISBN 978-1-60152-522-2 eBook: 978-1-60152-523-9
School Library Journal, 2013
For most librarians, the first decade of the 2000s seems like yesterday, but for today's teens, it constitutes most of their lives. This series,aimed at report writers rather than browsers, looks back on the 2000s and organizes the events and people into topics. Each title begins with the same time line, includes a list of "Words of the 2000s" (chad and hashtag),
and tend to share certain topics such as Facebook, Y2K, and digital music
downloading. Catastrophic Events of the 2000s of course discusses 9/11 but
also covers natural catastrophes such as tsunamis and volcanoes, diseases
like SARS, and travel disasters. Cultural Milestones of the 2000s, with its
cover showing two men getting married, talks about pop-culture trends like
Harry Potter as well as economic, scientific, and political events. =
Science and Technology of the 2000s has significant overlap with other titles and discusses scientific discoveries in genetics, nanotechnology, space, and computing; it does a nice job of explaining tough concepts. Sports and Entertainment of the 2000s emphasizes entertainment over sports, discussing reality TV, video games, moviemaking, and inventions that made for drastic changes, such as IMAX and the iPod. An interesting feature of each book is brief side-by-side opposing viewpoints; for example, one contrasts views on whether there has been a "Muslim backlash." These well-documented and clearly presented books make solid, compact resources for students.
—Susan Dove Lempke
Also recommended from this series:
Terrorism and War of the 2000s (9781601525307).