Reviews of Compact Research: Energy and the Environment

Deforestation: ISBN 978-1-60152-075-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-401-0
Biofuels: ISBN 978-1-60152-078-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-404-1
Fossil Fuels: ISBN 978-1-60152-079-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-405-8
Hydrogen Power: ISBN 978-1-60152-073-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-445-4
Solar Power: ISBN 978-1-60152-074-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-400-3
Wind Power: ISBN 978-1-60152-080-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-406-5
School Library Journal, November 2009, Series Made Simple Supplement

Gr 9 Up These titles pack a ton of useful research information into small packages. The organization will appeal to researchers with limited prior knowledge, as the books begin with “At a Glance” summaries and then expand to chapter-length discussions. Chapters pose questions (“How Do Biofuels Affect the Environment?”), explore the issues in a clear narrative, and conclude with sections of primary-source quotes, compact facts, and informative illustrations. Deforestation feels like the odd man out, but it clearly explains the problems with the use of wood as a fuel, and describes efforts to change that trend.