Careers in Law and Politics (Latinos at Work Series)

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Children's Literature
An entry in the "Latinos at Work: Career Role Models for Young Adults" series, this overview of jobs in law and politics (parole officer, city administrator, fingerprint expert, human rights worker, customs officer, etc.) is followed by personal profiles of ten Latinos from around the United States who work in these fields. The overview is punctuated by sidebars about, for instance, Mexican Immigration law, a day in the life of an Indiana police officer, and another of a political action volunteer. Those profiled include Joe Alvarez, Bettie Baca, Jim Baca (no relation), Henry Cuellar, Lena Guerrero, G. Herb Hernandez, James C. Jimenez, Gilbert Martinez, Alex Penelas, and Ronald Wilkins. Repeatedly, those profiled thank mentors and family, mention overcoming prejudice and poverty, and extol the importance of education. The profiles are written as if responding to a series of interviewer questions or prompts: background information, what a typical day is like, starting salaries in this type of job, some advice for readers, and so forth. A black and white photo of each respondent is included. No accent marks appear in the Spanish names. While the series format is not very compelling or visually interesting, the book provides all readers with an overview of some important career options and gives Latino adolescents role models and encouragement. 2002, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Ages 13 to 17.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Contemporary school-to-career resources specifically aimed at Hispanics. Both volumes present overviews of their respective fields and profile successful male and female Latinos. Wade provides a brief introduction to 32 careers. Readers will appreciate the specificity of the overviews, including the employment outlook and potential salary range. The author's journalistic style makes the 10 biographies appealing to non-Latino readers as well. A wide range of backgrounds and countries are represented; each entry includes more factual data and less personal history than that found in Entrepreneurs. Spotlight stories include information on lobbying and aspects of police work. Entrepreneurs, which is more didactic than Wade's title, explains the differences between starting a business from scratch and buying an established one and discusses what it takes to be a successful owner and operator. The eight biographical sketches are written in a talkative, storylike style. With cultural appeal in mind, details include the subjects' early loves and choices that led to their success. Lists are within the text rather than bulleted, which hinders readability. Morals and a strong work ethic are seen as essential, and family support is given more emphasis than big money. The dense amount of text in both books may put off some researchers, the black-and-white photographs are static, and the material isn't organized well, but there is some good information here.-Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584150800
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Latinos at Work Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Choosing a Career in Law or Politics
Ambassador 10
Bailiff 11
City Administrator 11
Congressperson 12
County Government Officer 14
Court Reporter 14
Crime Prevention Specialist 15
FBI Agent 15
Fingerprint Expert 16
Government Relations Officer 17
Governor/Lt. Governor 18
Human Rights Worker 19
Immigration and Customs Officer 19
Journalist 20
Judge 21
Justice of the Peace 22
Juvenile Detention Officer 23
Lawyer 24
Legal Secretary 26
Notary Public 26
Paralegal 26
Parole Officer 27
Probation Officer 30
Police Officer 30
Political Lobbyist 32
Political Strategist 33
Politician 34
President of the United States 36
Secretary of State 37
Translator/Interpreter 37
Treaty Negotiator 38
Victims Advocate 38
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