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Everything you need to know about AIDS
Taylor, Barbara, 1938-
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Rosen Pub. Group, [1998]

Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Discusses the AIDS disease, its discovery, causes, transmission, treatment, and how to protect oneself from contracting the disease.
Reading Level:
980 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.3 1.0 6876.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.9 3 Quiz: 03675 Guided reading level: NR.
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RC607.A26 T38 1998 Adult Non-Fiction New Materials

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Without the proper information, our teens remain at risk for AIDS. This volume presents balanced information on the disease and on safer sex precautions, in language that your readers can understand.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Two subjects of concern are introduced in the lead-off entries in the publisher's new Need to Know Library series, designed to present basic information on health and related topics in a format and style accessible to teenagers who have reading difficulties. Given the problems inherent in creating high-low material, the series thus far seems very promising-- straight- forward, not patronizing, preachy, or strident, and presented in a slightly oversize format with enlarged, amply-spaced, and illustrated text. Schleifer's investigation is the simpler of the two, treating in concise paragraphs, headed by boldface titles, most of the requisite information on his subject-- from background statistics and a summary of the reasons why some kids choose death, to ways of helping a friend in suicidal crisis. Profiles of teenagers in trouble give readers a respite from straight information; a glossary defines terms, most of which are explained within the text; and further readings and an index are appended. Somewhat more difficult, in part because of the medical concepts involved, is Taylor's book about AIDS. The use of personal profiles is less effective here, and the book has a few organizational problems and at least one questionable inference-- that washing needles with soap and water is sufficient to kill HIV. Basic facts, however, are carefully presented with a minimum of scientific terminology. A question-and- answer section clarifies or extends material mentioned elsewhere in the text. Particularly noteworthy are Taylor's reasoned attitude toward her subject and her obvious emphasis on high-risk behavior rather than high-risk groups. A glossary, further readings, and an index are appended. Gr. 7-12. SZ.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9 Like others in this series, this book is characterized by an open format, bold headings, dull black-and-white photos, dramatic color photos, short reading lists, address lists, an index, and a glossary (terms are also defined in the text). The diagrams of how viruses work and the usual chapter on plagues through history are no match for those in Hawkes' AIDS (Gloucester, 1987). One paragraph is carelessly printed twice. The text lists basic guidelines for avoiding disease and cautions against believing misconceptions on how it is caught, but with no special compassion for those suffering from the disease, and no mention of the social movement surrounding AIDS. Nothing is new or memorable here. Better choices than this book are Hawke's book, Check's AIDS (Chelsea House, 1988) and Lerner's Understanding AIDS (Lerner, 1987). Anne Osborn, Riverside Public Library, Calif. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.