Traumatic Brain Injury

From Concussion to Coma

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Two soccer players collide on the field. A soldier in Afghanistan is thrown to the ground during a bomb explosion. A teen has an accident while riding her bike—and she isn’t wearing her helmet. Each of these incidents can produce a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of the 1.7 million Americans officially diagnosed with TBI each year, 52,000 die from their injuries. And that doesn’t count all the unreported TBIs, which experts estimate range from about two to four million more incidents.

TBIs range from concussions to penetrating head injuries to life-threatening brain swelling and coma. And they have countless causes: war, sports, car and motorcycle accidents, falls, and physical violence. The aftereffects can be devastating, including compromised memory and concentration, loss of hearing, physical disabilities, depression, brain disorders, and, in the worst-case scenario, death.

Find out about the different types of TBIs, what causes them, and how they are diagnosed and treated. Along the way, you’ll learn about National Hockey League player Derek Boogaard and U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords, both of whom sustained TBIs, with dramatically different outcomes. You’ll also meet teens and young adults living with TBIs and the doctors who treat them. And you’ll learn about amazing medical technologies that help victims recover and promise hope for the future.

Format Your Price Add
978-1-4677-2550-7
$38.99
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 88
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 9.4
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050010, YAN024030, YAN024070
Dewey 617.4'81044
Dimensions 6 x 8.1875
Lexile 1050
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Reviews

Library Media Connection

“Students will benefit from this vital, timely insight. This is an excellent choice for science and current issues Common Core reading selection, research, and personal interest.” —starred, Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“A concise and well-researched exploration of mild to severe injuries of the human brain.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

A lot of ground is covered in this slim volume, but it is a solid introduction to the topic. It makes good use of graphics, photographs and sidebars to deliver complicated information….An efficient survey of a timely topic." —Kirkus Reviews

Booklist

“The currency of this topic and its potential impact on teens make this a smart choice for school and public libraries.” —Booklist

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of public administration degree in health care. She has written numerous books for YA readers and nearly two hundred magazine articles. Her recent books include Kiyo Sato: From a WWII Japanese Internment Camp to a Life of Service (2020), a Junior Library Guild selection; Running on Empty: Sleeplessness in American Teens (2021); Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021); and Bombs Over Bikini: The World's First Nuclear Disaster (2014), a Junior Library Guild selection, a Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, an Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner. She lives in Sacramento, California. Visit her website at http://www.conniegoldsmith.com/.

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Two soccer players collide on the field. A soldier in Afghanistan is thrown to the ground during a bomb explosion. A teen has an accident while riding her bike—and she isn’t wearing her helmet. Each of these incidents can produce a traumatic brain injury ( View available downloads →