When teaching any science course, a textbook can be of immeasurable assistance or it can be a regrettable hindrance. Biology teachers at all levels must walk a tightrope, choosing a volume with a strong factual base that is also readable and engaging for younger students. With so many choices, the decision is difficult.
The following reviews were submitted by experienced high school biology teachers who had used the books under review in their courses. They were encouraged to mention the good, the bad, and the ugly, and to speak personally about the text's worth. No textbook is perfect, but perhaps these honest evaluations will lead you to find a book that perfectly fits your students and your course.