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 19 questions surrounding the issue of gangs. While gangs have historically been relegated to larger cities, the gang mentality has now crept into smaller towns and even rural areas. The book attempts to define this growing phenomenon through a discussion of street gangs and their appeal to young people. Questions such as: Why join a gang?; Are girl gangs dangerous?; Do gang members enjoy violence?, Does jailing gang members work?; and Should parents do more to help? are explicitly presented. The book uses creative graphics that include color photos, artwork, charts and quotes as well as minimal text to provoke young adults into debating these controversial topics. Useful more as provocation, the book could function as the first step in exploring issues that may need further research. Teachers should be aware that their own beliefs may be up for a challenge. 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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