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Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives Hardcover – November 24, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (November 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763615897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763615895
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,342,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing from memories of a brother-in-law’s 10 years of post-diagnosis life, an author who chooses to remain anonymous offers a general overview of HIV’s effects on the body, how it is and is not transmitted, common misconceptions about the disease, and most importantly, how to accept and provide emotional support for an afflicted friend or family member. Though the effort to keep things simple and positive sometimes results in moot or contradictory claims (HIV/AIDS is 100 percent preventable; Can you get HIV from urine or feces? No. But the next sentence ends . . . unless it contains visible blood), reluctant readers in particular will be drawn by both the easy, nontechnical narrative and the overall mix of short chapters and Q&A sections. A generous annotated list of relevant Web sites gives this sensitive, therapeutic offering added value for assignment use. Grades 4-7. --John Peters

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on November 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
QUICKSAND is a short book. But it's a book that pulls no punches and goes right to the heart of the matter: HIV/AIDS in our midst.

The author, who wishes to remain anonymous, intersperses the story of her brother-in-law with straightforward and sometimes blunt information on HIV/AIDS.

The book goes quickly, and provides answers to many common questions. It also gives suggestions and tips on how to interact with those infected with the virus. Though the virus has been recognized for over 20 years, and has been around longer than teenagers today, there are still many misconceptions and fears.

The information shared may be difficult for some, but overall, the book provides much needed information to many that are seeking to allay their fears or just become more knowledgeable. It's worth reading just as a reminder that the virus isn't transmitted easily, and the bottom line is that it is 100% preventable.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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By Heidi G on June 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The author's brother-in-law contracted HIV and wanted to remain anonymous when this book was being written; thus the author is listed as "Anonymous" to protect the patient's identity. She tells the story of learning about the diagnosis and how family and friends reacted to the news. Her real-life situation shows the fears and lack of understanding that many people, including those around her, have with regard to HIV and AIDS. The book is written for teens and although the topic is serious, the writing speaks well to the age group while not skirting the issues. The glossary includes terms appropriate for the content making the book easily accessible. At just over 100 pages, the book will not turn off teen readers looking to quickly gain information either for personal or school use. Well done.
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