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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809038714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809038718
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #730,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up—With nearly 26 million people in the United States currently suffering with some form of diabetes, this guidebook is an extremely relevant and timely publication. Presented in graphic-novel format, it offers a wealth of information, including early signs and symptoms, types of diabetes, and successful strategies and methods for controlling it in specific instances. Various medical specialists involved in the treatment of diabetes, introduced as superheroes, explain their respective roles and segue into how to use equipment to monitor blood-sugar levels and describe the nutritional approaches that have been proven effective in controlling the disease. The components of exercise, nutrition, and team support are relayed through a sports theme that young people will relate to. Bertozzi provides fitting animations for each section of this useful book. All ages and types of diabetics will benefit from it.—Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Chaloner, a middle-school science educator, provides a highly accessible resource for youth newly diagnosed with diabetes and their parents, going a long way to demystify the ever-more-common disease. Going well beyond standard juvenile texts about living with diabetes, she addresses fears and concerns with both sensitivity and realistic advice for a wide range of readers. A grade-school child facing daily needles, for instance, has concerns that differ from a middle-school athlete, who fears being left out because of his or her diagnosis. In addition to exploring the science behind diabetes, the pharmaceuticals and medical instruments used in treatment, and dietary needs, Chaloner spends ample time on the importance of physical activity and potentially troubling family dynamics, such as resistance to healthier eating habits. Bertozzi, illustrator of Boaz Yakin’s Jerusalem (2013), ably depicts a diverse group of diabetics, detailed accounts of handling monitors during the course of the school day, and some apt metaphorical battles between sugars and insulin. This easy-to-read resource is a standout for its wealth of information and welcoming format. Grades 7-11. --Francisca Goldsmith --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Helmke on November 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
The book acknowledges from the beginning that a diagnosis of diabetes is a life-changing event. It is with this perspective that the author gently takes the reader on a journey through the maze of fear, uncertainty, and confusion that is common and normal in such a moment and beyond all this to help the reader figure out how to answer the question, "What do I do now?" It does so with a tone that is positive and hopeful about the future.

The book is filled with practical information about doctors and specialists and what each one the diabetes patient is likely to interact with and why. It discusses common treatment options, monitoring, diet, and exercise. The book acknowledges various doctors and treatment centers for their assistance vetting and guiding the content and gives a solid warning to the newly diagnosed to be careful about what sources of information they trust, especially when it comes to internet searches and potential snake oil treatments.

As someone with no personal experience with diabetes, I learned a lot. I can easily imagine that someone struggling with a new diagnosis would find the book a welcome resource, as well as someone who has had diabetes for years but doesn't feel like they really understand what is going on.
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