The Everything You Need to Ace series is like borrowing notes from the smartest kid in class

Looking through these books, I find myself wanting to shout out phrases I haven’t thought of in decades: the Triangular Trade! Crispus Attucks! Isthmus of Panama!

The “Everything You Need to Ace…” series aren’t text books; they’re supposed to be the notes you failed to take in class. Flip through them before a test, or keep them by the sofa to pick up from time to time.

My middle-school informant feels they’re roughly accurate for what he’s studying in school. An adult informant — okay, me — feels they’re also useful if you find yourself parenting a middle schooler and want to not seem completely ignorant, but it’s been a really long time since you studied the Meiji Restoration.

The breezy format can lead to oversimplification: for example, the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani by American businessmen and the US Marines, which destroyed the Kingdom of Hawaii, has an anodyne description here. Each book has a detailed table of contents, but no index.

– Sara Lorimer

Everything You Need to Ace ... The Complete Middle School Study Guides
by Workman Publishing
Abrams ComicArts
2017, 240 pages, 6.9 x 1.0 x 9.4 inches, Hardcover
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