A balanced, engaging exploration of a burgeoning trend that combines expert voices, statistics, and personal experience.

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TEENS AND VAPING

A well-researched and up-to-date source for youth interested in or doing reports about teens and e-cigarette use.

The author makes his premise clear in the introduction: The controversy surrounding teens and vaping is that the nicotine in e-cigarettes is addictive and more research is needed to determine whether the use of e-cigarettes carries other health consequences. This is of particular concern to young people who appear to be a target market for e-cigarette companies and who, as evidenced by recent statistics, are increasingly using e-cigarettes. Chapters build consecutively and cover topics such as “What is Everyone Worried About?” “Do E-Cigarette Companies Target Teens?” and “The Crackdown on Teen Vaping,” but each can also be read independently. Because of this, those reading the book cover to cover will notice the repetitious nature of some facts, commentaries, and positions. Although the chapters are only about 12 pages long and feature photographs, some readers may find them dense with statistics. For this, more charts would have been helpful. Inserts that provide additional information and share personal narratives from teens and adults enliven the text. Bubble insets highlight selected quotes.

A balanced, engaging exploration of a burgeoning trend that combines expert voices, statistics, and personal experience. (source notes, organizations, further reading, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68282-755-0

Page Count: 80

Publisher: ReferencePoint Press

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist.

MAYA LIN

THINKING WITH HER HANDS

One of the world’s most celebrated creators of civic architecture is profiled in this accessible, engaging biography.

Similar in style and format to her Everybody Paints!: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family (2014) and Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe (2011), Rubin’s well-researched profile examines the career, creative processes, and career milestones of Maya Lin. Rubin discusses at length Lin’s most famous achievement, designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chinese-American Lin was a reserved college student who entered and won the competition to design and build the memorial. Her youth and ethnicity were subjects of great controversy, and Rubin discusses how Lin fought to ensure her vision of the memorial remained intact. Other notable works by Lin, including the Civil Rights Memorial for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, a library and chapel for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the outdoor Wave Field project are examined but not in as much depth as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Attractively designed, the book is illustrated extensively with color photos and drawings.

An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4521-0837-7

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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ENDANGERED

From the Ape Quartet series , Vol. 1

Congolese-American Sophie makes a harrowing trek through a war-torn jungle to protect a young bonobo.

On her way to spend the summer at the bonobo sanctuary her mother runs, 14-year-old Sophie rescues a sickly baby bonobo from a trafficker. Though her Congolese mother is not pleased Sophie paid for the ape, she is proud that Sophie works to bond with Otto, the baby. A week before Sophie's to return home to her father in Miami, her mother must take advantage
of a charter flight to relocate some apes, and she leaves Sophie with Otto and the sanctuary workers. War breaks out, and after missing a U.N. flight out, Sophie must hide herself and Otto from violent militants and starving villagers. Unable to take Otto out of the country, she decides finding her mother hundreds of miles to the north is her only choice. Schrefer jumps from his usual teen suspense to craft this well-researched tale of jungle survival set during a fictional conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Realistic characters (ape and human) deal with disturbing situations described in graphic, but never gratuitous detail. The lessons Sophie learns about her childhood home, love and what it means to be endangered will resonate with readers.

Even if some hairbreadth escapes test credulity, this is a great next read for fans of our nearest ape cousins or survival adventure. (map, author's note, author Q&A) (Adventure. 12-16)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-16576-1

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 3, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2012

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