Gr 5–8—These revisions of the previously published "Developing World" (Franklin Watts) set look at each nation's history, regions, populations, economy, and culture, with an emphasis on how development affects its largest city. The books are objective about the mixed effects of rapid economic growth, including increases in population and income, environmental degradation, and income inequality. The titles are well organized and attractive, with maps and large photos, but the language is stilted and dry, and reading levels are high for the intended audience. The volumes are dated, with no coverage of events or updated statistical information after about 2013. Russia, for instance, doesn't mention Russian annexation of the Crimea or aggression in Ukraine, and Indonesia identifies Susilo Bambang, who left office in 2014, as its president. VERDICT The premise of examining how developing nations and their cities manage rapid growth in the global era is a good one, but out-of-date content and difficult vocabulary will limit the audience.