Gr 9 Up-East Asia is here defined as China, Taiwan, Japan, the two Koreas, and Mongolia. Kort outlines each country's geography, natural resources, environment, people, arts, history, government, and economy. Much of the focus is on conditions over the last 50 years. The engaging text is enlivened with fascinating details, such as Chinese foot binding or the sale of body parts from executed Chinese prisoners for transplant operations. Following the country descriptions are simple maps, flags, a time line, and entries for important people, places, and activities. The well-written text, open format, and infrequent but attractive black-and-white photographs are inviting to teens doing reports or simply pursuing their interests. Beware, however, of several misspellings and geographical errors, particularly in the Japan chapter-the Nemuro Strait (not Numuro) and the Habomai islands are northeast (not northwest) of Hokkaido; the Kojiki (not Kojinki) and Nihonshoki (not Nihohshoki) are the proper spellings for the ancient Japanese chronicles, as is Hayao (not Haya) Miyazaki for the acclaimed anime director-that mar an otherwise successful volume.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.