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Children's LiteratureThis book is one of nine in the "In the News" series that discusses events in the headlines and includes background and historical information, facts and figures, and opinions on various topics that are being discussed across the globe. This book covers children's rights and explains why children's rights are important, how children are viewed and treated across the world, and provides an historical concept to addressing the issue. It briefly discusses the controversial abortion issue, child labor laws, and children in politics. It includes "Get the Facts Straight," "Facing the Issues," and "What Do You Think" sections for further discussions. This is a fairly comprehensive book regarding the breadth of issues it seeks to address, which at a minimum will get youth thinking. However, the book only devotes approximately two pages to each issue. Thus, it could only serve as an introductory research tool. For further research, the book provides a glossary and lists organizations that work on behalf of children. Be forewarned, the book seems a bit dark and certainly does not paint a rosy picture. Nonetheless, it would serve as a good research tool for children's rights issues and should be a welcome addition to school libraries. 2005, Sea-to-Sea Publications, Ages 14 up.
—Gilda R. Daniels