An ethic is a standard of proper, moral behavior, or behavior that follows a standard of right and wrong. Included is a discussion of how to develop a code of ethics, how friends, family, and others can influence ethics, and how ethics affect the community. Each of the six chapters has an overview with thought provoking statements. A unique section, "Celebrating Ethical Behavior," recounts the ethical behavior of people who have come under fire and holidays that celebrate ethical actions. This book is about making decisions that support beliefs and values and gives suggestions for how to put ethics into action. Self-assessments, hypothetical situations, points to consider and current research make this a valuable resource for homes, schools and church. There are guides to behavior, and chapter six gives five steps to handle an ethical dilemma. The pictures include boys, girls and physically challenged teens. Facts at a glance, quotes and discussion questions are in a form that appeals to young people. Internet sites and a glossary are included. This book is written with young people in mind but would be helpful for parents and other adults working with young people. It is part of the "Life Skills" series. 2001, LifeMatters/Capstone Press, $22.60 and $8.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Karen Werner
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-Slim series titles that address skills teens need to develop to lead successful lives. Both books present a concept, provide definitions, and pose some questions. Short tests on such topics as "Am I a Critical Thinker?" and "How Ethical Am I?" are also included. Creative Problem Solving addresses making informed decisions about health products and services. In one example, a couple tries to decide on the best method of birth control using a chart to compare costs, effectiveness rates, etc. In the second book, ethical dilemmas, professional ethics, ethical courage, and decision making are considered. In both titles, full-color photos, colorfully framed tests, and sidebars shaded in purple aid in creating attractive layouts. However, the author has an annoying tendency to jump back and forth from a third- to second-person narration. While the books seem intended for older teens, the textbook format, preachy style, and simplistic language will not appeal to them, and some of the vignettes seem totally unrealistic.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.