Compact Research: Diseases & Disorders Reviews

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: ISBN 978-1-60152-045-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-396-9
Hepatitis: ISBN 978-1-60152-039-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-310-5
Meningitis: ISBN 978-1-60152-043-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-314-3
Phobias: ISBN 978-1-60152-044-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-395-2
Anorexia: ISBN 978-1-60152-042-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-313-6
Autism: ISBN 978-1-60152-058-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-338-9
School Library Journal, November 2008

Gr 9 Up Each of these books contains the same foreword, stating that part of the series goal is to present "information on a current topic in a user-friendly style that invites, intrigues, and fosters understanding." Mission accomplished. The organized, uniform structure includes an opening overview of the disease or disorder, with subsequent chapters divided into three parts: text, quotations from primary sources, and "Facts and Illustrations," which includes bulleted snippets of information and color photographs and drawings. While the illustrations are helpful access points, their separation from the text can be inconvenient. The firsthand or expert accounts that open chapters and are sprinkled throughout are astutely selected and seamlessly woven into the presentation. These quality sources could be used in a variety of different ways-straight reporting for speech or debate ideas (Anorexia's discussion of "pro-Ana" Web sites could be used in debates on free speech, for example), or as a springboard for further research.