1) This book is affordable at the marked retail price of $18.99, but you can get it even cheaper online or at your local used bookstore. Since it is a consumable text (students write their answers directly in the book), be sure to find one with little to no markings if you are going the used route.
2) The answers to all of the exercises are in the back of the book. Students can check their work after each work unit (chapter) and not be left to wonder if they are "getting it" or completing the exercises correctly.
4) Most books come with a CD set that includes native speakers reading part of each story that comes at the beginning of each work unit. Hearing a native speaker is a great way to reinforce comprehension. Students can also use the CDs to practice their own pronunciation by repeating after the native speaker as he or she reads.
Check out the video on my YouTube channel to hear more about my reasons for using this book in my own high school Spanish classes. Have you used this book? What do you like or dislike about it? Leave your comments below