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Drugs
     

Drugs

by Ann Kramer
 

Teen FAQ gives the low-down on some of the most important issues and concerns facing teenagers today.

What are drugs and why do people take them? How can you say "no" if your friends are using illegal substances and you don't want to? Where do drugs come from and could you be arrested for taking them?

This book gives the straight facts about all sorts of drugs,

Overview

Teen FAQ gives the low-down on some of the most important issues and concerns facing teenagers today.

What are drugs and why do people take them? How can you say "no" if your friends are using illegal substances and you don't want to? Where do drugs come from and could you be arrested for taking them?

This book gives the straight facts about all sorts of drugs, from illegal 'street drugs' to solvents and prescription drugs. It offers advice on the effects of each drug, and help and support to anyone affected by a drugs problem.

Features include:

Agony aunt-style advice letters

First-person accounts of real-life problems

Facts and statistics that reveal the truth behind the headlines

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deanna D'Antonio
Drugs is one in a series of books from Black Rabbit/Arcturus designed to, in the publisher's own words, provide "in-depth, straightforward content" on issues and topics that teens may be concerned about, but afraid to broach with adults or peers. Though it attempts to assume the role of confidante and advisor, the tone of Drugs is decidedly detached and pedantic—what one would expect to hear from a starched-collar administrator lecturing from behind a remote podium in a tedious health class. Answers to questions posed are superficial and banal, sprinkled with disparate facts and tidbits devoid of any personal connections, despite occasional questions and anecdotes supposedly provided by actual adolescents in an Agony Aunt-style (British lingo for an advice column format). Statistics quoted are sometimes contradictory, depending on the year referenced (which may be as recent as 2009 or as distant as the year 2000), and typically reside in bubbles or asides, existing as facts floating in space, completely disconnected. Explanations seem disassociated with readers' age, practical understanding, language, general interests, and teen culture. Though teens might reference the tome to complete assignments, the book has neither the look nor feel of either sage or comrade. Additionally, hot lines and additional sources for help and further information occupy a singular back page, existing primarily as lists and references. The book presents, essentially, a monologue that seems to presuppose a teen inability to understand the "why" or "how" of drugs and both their allure and dangers. It fails to address teens as curious, sentient, astute beings—who may truly be looking for help for either themselves or affected friends and loved ones. There is no grit, no realism, no feeling of humanity or compassion behind the quotes, definitions and percentages—no ugly truths or much needed empathy. Reviewer: Deanna D'Antonio
VOYA - Jan Chapman
This six-volume Teen FAQ series provides quick facts on a variety of health and social topics pertinent to teenagers, including smoking, bullying, alcohol, keeping healthy, puberty, and drugs. The volume about drugs attempts to provide a quick overview of the problem but is hampered by the vast scope of the topic. Although definitions and a brief description of how each drug affects the user are included, the information is bare bones. For example, prescription drugs, which according to the book are the second-most accessible drugs after marijuana, are lumped in with solvents and steroids. On the other hand, heroin, a drug that the book acknowledges is not commonly taken by teens, earns its own chapter. Unlike many books written for teens on this topic, however, the book does offer health advice for teens who are going to experiment with drugs anyway, acknowledging that the "just say no" types of books are usually ineffective in preventing drug use. This series does a creditable job of covering these topics in a highly readable presentation that would be useful for short reports. The books have appealing and highly visual covers, which might tempt a teen to pick them up for information, and each volume includes an index, glossary, and additional resources. The books do offer solutions to some of the most serious problems that teens face today, but they are not comprehensive enough to be truly helpful for a teen actually struggling with these issues. They would be a useful supplement to other series nonfiction books on these topics. Reviewer: Jan Chapman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848377042
Publisher:
Arcturus Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Teen FAQ Series
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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