Editorial Review

School Library Journal - Upfront Health

Cover: Upfront Health

Gr 4-8–Candidly explains, without preachiness, how these issues harm body and mind, social life, and future prospects. Displaying understanding and respect, titles concede that young people may experiment—but stress caution and moderation, helping readers understand they can choose wisely. Perhaps the series’ biggest plus is its tone, like that of a caring, trusted adviser concerned for a young person’s welfare, offering guidance to seek help when needed; hotline numbers are given. “Making Healthy Choices” ends each
book on a hopeful note, emphasizing positivity. Handsome design elements are in each title: a comprehensible statistical chart or diagram, good photos, and numerous fact-filled sidebars that include critical thinking questions or offer guidance. “Think About It” concludes every title with background facts and then challenges students to do research and answer questions. VERDICT Highly recommended. A well-written, intelligent, empowering series covering timely topics. Unsurprisingly, Suicide is the most sobering.

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS
Upfront Health (8 titles) NEW
Understanding Alcohol NEW
Understanding Eating Disorders NEW
Understanding Screen Addiction NEW
Understanding Drugs NEW
Understanding Obesity NEW
Understanding Suicide NEW
Understanding Tobacco NEW
Understanding Mental Health NEW

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