Orphan of Destiny

258p. 978-0-39924-765-1.
Gr 9-Up Each film on these widely abused substances is organized into three to five chapters specific to each drug, preceded by a common introduction. The chapters deal with the drug's short- and long-term effects on the body and the brain, and the environmental and genetic risk factors of addiction. In all the programs, professionals from the Drug Enforcement Administration and The National Institute on Drug Abuse give expert testimony on the use and effects of the drugs. The explanations are illustrated with 3-D animation of the human body and brain. Users are shown injecting, smoking, sniffing, and drinking the substances. The legitimate current and historic use of each drug is explained, as well as its origin and required processing. Illustrations and explanations of how hormones such as endorphins, dopamine, and encephalin work are redundant from program to program, but each film does stand on its own and would be useful in health classes based on the specific challenges of the community.-"Ann Weber, Bellarmine College Prep., San Jose, CA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
While delivering the Holy Grail to Rosslyn, Templar Squire Tristan battles the Shire Reeve in his friend Robard Hode's home of Sherwood, fights corrupt Templar Sir Hugh, and ponders his own unknown parentage. The tossed-salad plot sometimes wilts into lugubrious melodrama, but the rest of the time the characters' wisecracking voices keep the action moving.

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