NONFICTION

Under Pressure: The Science of Stress

Kids Can. Sept. 2019. 76p. further reading. index. notes. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781525300073.
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Gr 6-9–Kyi combines a conversational narrative style, quirky cartoon illustrations, and relatable real-life examples with solid research explained in child-accessible terms. There are chapters explaining the physiological processes at work when we feel stressed, the long term and short term effects of stress on the human body and mind, strategies for overcoming stressful events, the positive side of stress, and lifestyle practices that help to reduce ambient stress and utilize unavoidable stress to good ends. Suggestions for further inquiry, source notes, and a brief but useful, index round out the volume.
VERDICT This title packs a great deal of useful information in a thoroughly engaging package. Highly recommended for middle school and junior high school nonfiction collections.

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