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Highrise: The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers

Firefly. Oct. 2019. 80p. adapted by adapted by Kristy Woudstra. glossary. index. photos. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9780228102151.
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Gr 7-10–The first half of this title explores the history of large buildings, from the earliest structures made of wood, brick, and mud, to today’s towering skyscrapers of concrete and glass. This section explores modern technological advancements and the architectural innovations that allow high-rises to grow taller. It also explains how these buildings became highly populated homes for many people in large cities and the advantages and problems posed by their growth. The second half focuses on 10 specific cities with large populations of people living in high-rises and the buildings’ residents. A personal story of an individual city dweller gives an in-depth look at what each of these people face daily, along with photos of their homes, neighbors, and cities. These stories highlight the challenges and successes of each city and its people and paints a picture of (sometimes faceless) concrete structures as homes for families.
VERDICT  With a plethora of additional facts, trivia, and stunning photographs, this is an excellent source for research projects concerning human population growth and architecture advancement for middle and high school students.

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