Dreamland: A Young Adult Adaptation
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The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
Author(s): Sam Quinones
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Copyright Year: 2019
ISBN/ISSN: 9781547601318
Review

This book brings together real-life stories and data to produce a riveting look at America's opiate epidemic. Sam Quinones has taken his narrative nonfiction award-winning adult bestseller and adapted it for young adults without losing the engaging writing style or hard-hitting facts. This edition looks at the opiate epidemic through many lenses, focusing on those directly affected (including teens), pharmaceutical companies, healthcare workers, first responders, and illegal drug dealers. Based on extensive research and interviews conducted over five years, this is a compelling examination of the opiate epidemic. Statistics and data are distributed throughout the book and have been updated for this edition. Source notes are included at the end of the book. Additional resources are available in an online bibliography as well as other areas of the author's extensive website. Teachers will value the fact that this book is not only engaging but also fact-filled with lots of readily available resources. Students will enjoy the readability and relatable stories, as well as appreciate its trustworthiness as a solid research resource. It will appeal to hardcore and reluctant readers alike. Overall, this is an information-packed, fascinating expose of the beginning and subsequent development of the opiate epidemic in America.

Reviewer: Darshell Silva
Rating: Highly Recommended
Grade (as stated by Reviewer/SLC): 9-12
Review Date: September 1, 2019
Product Description
As an adult book, Sam Quinones's Dreamland took the world by storm, winning the NBCC Award for General Nonfiction and hitting at least a dozen Best Book of the Year lists. Now, adapted for the first time for a young adult audience, this compelling reporting explains the roots of the current opiate crisis.

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. Quinones explains how the rise of the prescription drug OxyContin, a miraculous and extremely addictive painkiller pushed by pharmaceutical companies, paralleled the massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel.

Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharmaceutical pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, teens, and parents--Dreamland is a revelatory account of the massive threat facing America and its heartland.
Media Type: Book, eBook
Binding: HC
Price: $18.99
Genre: Nonfiction
Sub-Genre: Exposition
Entry ID: 2216085

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