Children's Literature - Meredith KigerOne of five in the "Voices" series that explore controversial issues to spark discussion among high school students, this edition presents 20 questions surrounding the issue of drugs. Young people today are exposed more and more to the reality of illegal drugs. They have become a part of our culture, unfortunately, no matter where you live. The book attempts to explore the many issues surrounding the use of illegal drugs by asking questions such as: Why start taking drugs?; Will it hurt to try once?; Are any drugs safe?; How are drugs linked to crime?; and Should drugs be legalized? Each issue is explicitly presented using creative graphic that include color photos, artwork, charts and quotes as well as minimal text to provoke young adults into debating these topics. Useful more as provocation, the book could function as the first step in exploring issues that may need further research and, in some cases, parental permission. The book does a good job of providing a balanced view, but teachers should be aware that their own beliefs may be challenged. The book was originally produced in England but has just as much relevance here. A timeline, glossary, index and sources for further study are included. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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