From School Library Journal
Each chapter in this excellent resource highlights one or two core-reading selections supported by strong pedagogical rationale. The first chapter addresses birth defects and disabilities focusing on Rodman Philbrick's Freak the Mighty. Included are sections about the book's literary attributes, a synopsis of the plot and characters, strategies for teaching and counseling, follow-up activities for students, an annotated list of approximately 30 recommended titles (both fiction and nonfiction), and references. Each chapter is written by a different teacher/therapist team and includes a similar discussion on topics such as blindness and deafness, disabilities, cancer, diabetes, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, clinical depression, eating disorders, HIV/ AIDS, alcoholism, and Alzheimer's. Featured titles include Michael Dorris's Sees Behind Trees, Gary Paulsen's Tracker, Chris Crutcher's Ironman, Steven Levenkron's The Best Little Girl in the World, Fran Arrick's What You Don't Know Can Kill You, Jan Cheripko's Imitate the Tiger, and Norma Klein's Going Backwards. Cross-referencing is aided by an extensive index, and profiles of each contributor conclude the volume.Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA
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.,."this series using literature to help young adults cope with issues in their lives and their immediate environments."-Bookbird/Professional Literature