Our 8th grader is just about to finish this text and it has been an exciting year. Although it has been a tough course, our student has learned to develop good study skills during this course. The concepts are taught thoroughly and with enough depth to prepare a student for high school. Dr. Wile writes to the student and the course is free of "politically correct" issues. Dr. Wile just tells it like it is. If you genuinely want your student to LEARN science, this is the book for you. Dr. Wile is very encouraging as states that even if your student is earning a C, it's okay because it is a college prep course. By the way, the labs are great and really do use at home ingredients. We all enjoyed our student's lab days.