VOYAKowalski's new addition to the Issues in Focus series zeroes in on a subject near and dear to the hearts of teens�their rights. The author does an excellent job outlining the difference between rights and privileges for teens, and she manages to do so in a very readable fashion. Beginning with a case brought by a prominent gymnast against her parents, in which she claimed that her funds were mishandled and that she wanted to be declared an emancipated minor, Kowalski then discusses basic rights, pointing out that these might vary from state to state. She cites court cases to illustrate her points. Other topics covered are student-created Web sites, harassment at school by other students, and employment rights. Students working on reports or those simply interested in their rights will find Kowalski's treatment interesting and informative. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Enslow, 128p, Glossary, Index, Photos, Source Notes, Further Reading, PLB. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Lynn Evarts VOYA, February 2001 (Vol. 23, No.6)
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-An informative, readable, balanced view of the rights and responsibilities of today's teens. Using anecdotes and citing important legal cases, Kowalski outlines what treatment young people can expect by law from their parents, schools, employers, the medical profession, and the courts. She addresses freedom-of-expression issues, dress codes, curfews, and Internet usage. Black-and-white photos help illuminate the discussions. Chapters are well organized and labeled with clear wrap-ups at the end, and the writing is brisk and entertaining. The book concludes with a helpful glossary, a list of organizations that can be contacted for information or help, and an extensive bibliography. More balanced and objective than Elaine Landau's Your Legal Rights (Walker, 1995) and less detailed than Thomas Jacobs's What Are My Rights (Free Spirit, 1997), this relatively slim volume is packed with vital information and will be used extensively by students and staff.- Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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