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Gr 7 UpThese two skillfully written series titles provide a wide range of material for reports, and strong cautionary advice for those YAs who might be considering these options personally. Fremon focuses on the more critical decision of running away from parents and home, pointing out that the consequences of this choice could be even worse than the situations teens are leaving and might lead to prostitution, child pornography, drug dealing, legal hassles, and even violent death. The author's graphic description of "life on the streets" is followed by a discussion of the services available for runaways, including shelter centers, free legal and medical clinics, and alternative schools. This title has more information and a better format than Ellen Switzer's Anyplace but Here (Atheneum, 1992). Sherrow balances information about dropping out of school with friendly encouragement for staying in. She provides helpful tips about setting educational goals, studying, and taking tests and encourages reading and breaking the TV habit. Some of the text is devoted to learning disabilities and the role of schools in addressing them. Debra Goldentyer's Dropping Out of School (Steck-Vaughn, 1993) has a more open format and is easier to read but has less information. Both of these new titles have attractive covers and numerous black-and-white photos. Breezy writing with many short profiles of runaways and dropouts adds appeal. The material is substantiated by statistics, strong research, and opinions of qualified experts.Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761400189
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Series: Life Issues
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years

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