Reviews for Faulty Hearts : True Survival Stories


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
In each volume, Markle weaves stories of two or three individuals suffering from the title disease or disorder in among scientific information about the malady and its treatment. Because the personal stories are so well integrated into the text, the science won't overwhelm readers. Frequent full-color photos and micrographs demonstrate treatments and lab findings and further connect readers with the featured individuals. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Powerful Medicine titles: Faulty Hearts, Leukemia, and Lost Sight.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 November/December
Each of these books explores the power of medicine and features true stories of amazing treatments that helped real people overcome their medical problems. The text is accompanied by full-color photographs, including magnifications of blood cells, valves, ventricles, and optic nerve cells. Cross-sections of body parts are clearly labeled. Students will immediately be drawn to these eye-catching photographs as well as to the illustrations of some of the newest medical techniques and procedures. These books will attract not only those students studying the human body, but also those students who may be interested in a career in medicine. The author concludes with amazing facts about the heart, eyes, and blood. School librarians will want to add this series to their collection for the medical information, as well as for the additional resources listed, such as websites, support organizations, additional books on the topics, and an extended bibliography of newspapers and journals. Each book also includes ?updates? on each of the real people that the author featured throughout the series. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index. Recommended. Sheila Acosta, Library Media Specialist, Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio, Texas ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 5-8--These narratives read like information from the Discovery Health channel, for kids: part fascinating science, part human interest story, and part "Eew, gross!" Markle devotes each volume to a severe injury, describing the nature of the accident, the damage inflicted, and the cures that saved the victims' lives. Clear, straightforward prose is supplemented by definitions and explanations of medical techniques and jargon. The numerous color photos and medical images will satisfy readers' curiosity. Each book concludes with an explanation of how to avoid the featured condition. While too slight for research, these books will hook interested readers.

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VOYA Reviews 2010 October
It is the subtitle-- True Survival Stories-- for the new series, Powerful Medicine, that will grab the attention of middle school readers. The issues covered in the titles Leukemia, Lost Sight, and Faulty Hearts can be frightening as well as life-threatening, but the author of this series, a respected science writer, has a no-nonsense approach to the facts and risks. The illustrations and photos are stunning with medically accurate captions. Real-life patients, whose photos are included in the text, are highlighted, with updates on their progress at the end of each book. For families struggling with one of these medical conditions, a young reader and an adult may want to study the book together. For others, the books suggest great career choice ideas, offer examples of cutting edge technologies, and tell stories of heroes overcoming adversity. A glossary of medical terms, a selected bibliography, Web sites, and an index complete these short but comprehensive books. This series fills the need for up-to-date books on medical topics using vocabulary that a young teenager can understand.--Peggy Fleming Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.

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