Current information about the virus, including origins, communicability, precautions, symptoms and treatments, with a great deal of attention to addressing the myths about how the virus is transmitted. An accessible, informative, insider’s view, this book reminds readers that there is still a long way to go.
The author's focus on how the disease affects all people, whether they have contracted HIV/AIDS or not, makes this book a must-have for all teen collections.
Reluctant readers in particular will be drawn by both the easy, nontechnical narrative and the overall mix of short chapters and Q&A sections. A generous annotated list of relevant Web sites gives this sensitive, therapeutic offering added value for assignment use.
As adept at defining medical terms and emphasizing the need to support patients as she
is at describing the emotional impact of Jay's illness on his whole family.
—School Library Journal
Written in a caring yet passionate tone as a first-person account of what it is like to learn that someone in your family has contracted the disease, the book covers a range of topics like diagnosis, false fears, the stigma of having HIV, the toll on family and friends, and the current medical care and research.
Quicksand is marvelous for children and teens. In clearly written and engaging prose, this informative book educates youth about HIV/AIDS issues. Quicksand is a MUST read in homes, schools, and libraries!
—Dr. John Chittick, executive director of TeenAIDS-PeerCorps