Reviews for Faulty Hearts : True Survival Stories

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
In each volume, Markle weaves stories of two or three individuals suffering from the title disease or disorder in among scientific information about the malady and its treatment. Because the personal stories are so well integrated into the text, the science won't overwhelm readers. Frequent full-color photos and micrographs demonstrate treatments and lab findings and further connect readers with the featured individuals. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Powerful Medicine titles: Faulty Hearts, Leukemia, and Lost Sight.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

Gr 5-8--These narratives read like information from the Discovery Health channel, for kids: part fascinating science, part human interest story, and part "Eew, gross!" Markle devotes each volume to a severe injury, describing the nature of the accident, the damage inflicted, and the cures that saved the victims' lives. Clear, straightforward prose is supplemented by definitions and explanations of medical techniques and jargon. The numerous color photos and medical images will satisfy readers' curiosity. Each book concludes with an explanation of how to avoid the featured condition. While too slight for research, these books will hook interested readers.

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VOYA Reviews 2010 October
It is the subtitle-- True Survival Stories-- for the new series, Powerful Medicine, that will grab the attention of middle school readers. The issues covered in the titles Leukemia, Lost Sight, and Faulty Hearts can be frightening as well as life-threatening, but the author of this series, a respected science writer, has a no-nonsense approach to the facts and risks. The illustrations and photos are stunning with medically accurate captions. Real-life patients, whose photos are included in the text, are highlighted, with updates on their progress at the end of each book. For families struggling with one of these medical conditions, a young reader and an adult may want to study the book together. For others, the books suggest great career choice ideas, offer examples of cutting edge technologies, and tell stories of heroes overcoming adversity. A glossary of medical terms, a selected bibliography, Web sites, and an index complete these short but comprehensive books. This series fills the need for up-to-date books on medical topics using vocabulary that a young teenager can understand.--Peggy Fleming Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.