Children's LiteratureIf you have ever wondered about the reasoning behind this Supreme Court decision, this is a good book to read. It explains in simple, clear terms the arguments on both sides of the issue of this case and other similar cases. Engle v. Vitale involves a prayer which the Regents (heads of the schools) in New York wrote for all the children to recite. The prayer is non-specific to any one religion. Children were allowed to remain silent or leave the room. It was decided that this prayer was not a teaching device but a means of worship. A minority child would feel coerced and might recite it against his or her conscience. When the Court struck down the Regents' prayer, many people were upset. Groups continue to bring other cases to reinstate school prayer. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with many mainline churches supported the decision of the court to keep a firm line between civil government and religion. Further background information is included on red pages with white ink such as: The steps needed to amend the Constitution. A timeline, extensive notes, information for further study, a bibliography, and an index are included. This book will be helpful to all those interested in the issue of separation of church and state. It is a good reference book for every library. 2006, Marshall Cavendish/Benchmark Books, Ages 13 up.