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I purchased this book for a very advanced middle school chemistry student who has completed BiochemistryLiteracyForKids.com and is now in organic chemistry. He was thrilled to receive it, but within minutes, the spine separated from the cover and the pages crack when you turn them. The book is compact and attractive, but certain design choices were made at the expense of easy reading. There are too many instances of black words on dark blue backgrounds, places where the font is so small I (mid-40s) need a magnifying glass. The information seems great, except that it doesn't give the most current understanding of atomic orbitals. I do like that younger students get a solid introduction to the equipment used in wet chemistry labs.
My 12 year old loves the book. (We also bought the Physics and Biology versions which he hasn't started yet.) Unfortunately we've had the book less than a week and the binding has failed. I'm going to take it to Staples and see if they can turn it into a spiral bound book so the pages don't start falling out. Too bad about the structural quality, b/c he really does enjoy the content and has learned a lot.