The Fight Against War and Terrorism

9781484641422. ea vol: 48p. (Beyond the Headlines!). charts. chron. further reading. glossary. photos. websites. Heinemann-Raintree. Aug. 2017. lib. ed. $33.32. pap. $9.95.
Gr 6 Up—Improving the world both environmentally and socially is the focus of this visually rich series. Relevant historical events are briefly related, with emphasis on the consequences of decisions leading to unforeseen problems. The global efforts of groups such as the United Nations and Greenpeace to address these issues encompasses much of the subject matter. High-quality photos, both archival and contemporary, as well as charts, graphs, and impressive time lines support clearly written text. Case studies of role models who have made or are making a difference are generously provided. Each volume concludes with suggestions for readers' involvement, with a nod to the importance of being informed.
VERDICT A refreshing and much-needed perspective on global issues and the international efforts to address them. A fine addition to middle school libraries.
The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement and other policy changes are already affecting the accuracy of this book, but it still provides good background on important environmental issues from an international point of view; chapters touch on climate change, cleaner energy, the oceans, and deforestation. Color photos, charts, and fact boxes make for an engaging if busy layout. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.

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