These two titles from Rosen's The Need to Know Library follow the same format as the earlier books in this series. The photos in the books, which can be occasionally distracting since they're so obviously posed, show students from many different backgrounds. Case studies give examples of teens who find themselves in problem situations. Each book gives practical, easily understandable advice about these topics and each includes a section with addresses of organizations to contact for further help. Rue provides a lot of helpful encouraging advice, defining abuse and telling how to recognize and avoid it, and how to get help if you're in an abusive relationship, either as the abused partner or the abuser. She mostly discusses the abused partner as a woman, but points out that a woman could be the abusive partner. Emphasis is placed on the need to talk to someone, preferably a parent or another trusted adult, if you suspect you're being abused. There's also a section about helping a friend in an abusive situation. Rue's book is marred by occasionally sloppy writing ("everyone-the cast and audience-were encouraged to express their views"), and she uses many statistics without citing any sources for them ("fifty percent of men become violent with a woman at least once"). I talked with the education supervisor from my local Center Against Violence who found studies that corroborated some of Rue's statistics, but she couldn't find any support in her national clearinghouse information for other statistics. My source also told me that one of the agencies Rue mentions in her Where to Go for Help section is no longer in existence at that address. Nathan's title is better written and lists more sources. She discusses conflict resolution programs in schools, mentions how peer mediators can help solve conflicts, and points out that conflicts that seem to be over small issues can actually mask deeper problems. Her conflict resolution practices include communicating with "I" messages instead of accusations and developing active listening skills. Both authors provide their information in a straightforward but sympathetic way that allows readers to discover how to seek help without feeling ashamed or guilty. Libraries that need more information on these subjects will find both books to be adequate purchases. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Everything You Need to Know About Conflict Resolution and Everything You Need to Know About Abusive Relationships. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-These two hi/lo titles offer valuable information in easily understood language, illustrated with appealing black-and-white and full-color photographs with a nice mix of genders and ethnic groups. The pictures and situations used as examples involve high schoolers, but younger students can learn much as well. Kreiner describes how teens can create a support system of friends, neighbors, relatives, clergy members, and teachers. The need to include different kinds of people and to find support outside one's family, especially if it isn't offered at home, is stressed. Because this is a less familiar concept to young people, the book may not be selected by students without some guidance. In addition, the text is repetitive. Conflict Resolution presents ways to solve disagreements through words and mediation instead of force. Different kinds of conflict are described and its inevitability in life is emphasized. Skills, such as active listening, brainstorming, and seeing the other side of an argument, are presented. Both books have useful appended information, including pertinent organizations.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME