This book is very wordy which makes the content unengaging and causes my son to lose interest. It could be written in a much more concise manner. I used Apologia for the elementary grades and loved it. This Jr. High General Science book is not written in the same manner.
After a couple of weeks of using this science book my son said to me "Did you know math, science and God are all connected?" YES! Apologia is helping us make connections and reach educational goals in agreement with our worldview!
My daughter is very glad that we purchased the textbook. I tried using the online CD course for the first half of the year with her. She kept falling further and further behind. We discovered she is not one to read the all of the course materials on the computer and comprehend the information. The textbook, for her, works much better. I will say though, the computer course has a lot of additional information links and visuals.
This is excellent for teaching the scientific method from a Biblical Worldview. My 12 year old son has been able to work independently and the labs reinforce the material covered in a fun educational way. Excellent material for a great price!