Gr 6-10-Eight chapters present the causes and consequences of juvenile delinquency. Hyde provides a historical perspective on children's rights, an examination of the reasons young people turn to criminal activity, and basic information about our juvenile justice system. The final chapter presents prevention programs and suggestions for ways that readers can help kids who are in trouble. This offering is accessible to reluctant readers and will be best appreciated by students needing a quick overview on the topic. Unfortunately, there are no illustrations.-Jacqueline Rose, Lake Oswego Public Library, OR
Hyde paints a dark picture of juvenile violence in the U.S. and of the current juvenile justice system, reinforcing it with numerous anecdotes. She includes, among other things, a brief history of the evolution of the juvenile court system, a discussion of advocacy groups available to speak for children in court, some insight into environmental factors that contribute to delinquent behavior, and an idea of what's being done by such groups as SAAD and the CityKid Foundation to steer kids clear of trouble. Information is plentiful, but it will very likely be the accounts describing kids' experiences with the court that will most interest readers. Statistics, unfortunately, are not documented. There is, however, an excellent bibliography.