Affecting Lives

From the Set Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction

Introduces young readers to the dangers of marijuana addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of marijuana use and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

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  • Fast Facts
  • Recognizing a Problem
  • A Drug Test
  • Too Much THC
  • Breaking the Law
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 362.29
Lexile 660L
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level Y
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503844858, 9781503847637
Copyright 2021, 2021
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 6.5 x 9, 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs

A noteworthy review of Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction from School Library Journal on April 1, 2021

This series tells the stories of people with addictions and how they recover. These books are not focused on statistics or the science behind the drugs. Instead, they serve as examples for readers about how people start using drugs, become addicted, and find the help to quit. The people in the stories may resist treatment at first, but their desire to regain control of their lives leads them to therapy. These hi-lo books will serve as examples for younger teens about how addiction affects your life. This series is not intended for scientific, legal, or statistical information, but rather for social and emotional support for young teens who are exposed to drugs. ­VERDICT A solid purchase for teens who are considering drugs, already doing drugs, or looking for support to help a loved one with an addiction.

A noteworthy review of Affecting Lives: Drugs and Addiction from Booklist on March 1, 2021

The Affecting Lives series uses sample scenarios to show young readers what can happen when people become dependent on controlled substances. Each book starts with a one-page introduction on what the substance looks like, what it’s made of, how it’s used, and typical physical and mental effects. Then brief chapters share the personal stories. Adderall introduces Dylan, a college student who uses Adderall to stay awake, resulting in a drastic personality change. A parent and a boyfriend are the ones in need of help in Alcohol. E-Cigarettes relates how Lauren drops off the cheerleading squad and starts selling her clothes to support her smoking habit. In Marijuana, 15-year-old Maya becomes dependent on weed, gets kicked off the softball team, and flunks Honors English. These cautionary tales usually have happy endings, with characters on the other side of treatment programs and withdrawal symptoms. Back matter includes open-ended questions (‘Why do you think people continue to use drugs even when it has a negative effect on them?’), a glossary, bibliography, and sources for additional information. The narratives flow smoothly, despite different authors, but the stock photos don’t always align with the text and don’t represent much diversity. Kids who dislike being preached to might appreciate this different approach, and parents, teachers, and counselors may find these stories effective ways of starting important conversations.

Author: Janie Havemeyer

Janie Havemeyer is an author of many books for young readers. She lives in San Francisco, California, and has visited Angel Island. Janie loves history and learning about the lives of other people. For many years she taught California history to third graders. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and Bank Street College of Education.