Children's Literature - Cara MulcahyThis book attempts to explain the concept of terrorism. The authors provide historical information pertaining to the origins of terrorism; they describe how terrorists work and what some of their motivations are. The authors also provide information about terrorist groups from around the world and discuss ways in which governments, too, can and have used terrorism to control its citizens. Throughout the text, insets provide students with explanations of terms relating to terrorism and with information relating to terrorist events. Overall, the book is disappointing as it lacks depth in many ways. Because terrorism is a sensitive and somewhat controversial subject in today's media given the political climate, if we are to explain terrorism we need to do so in a way that examines all sides of the issue. This is not a topic that can be dealt with at a superficial level, as that only serves to create the potential to heighten fears and instill divisions among people rather than foster a level of understanding and diplomacy. If this book is incorporated into a language arts or social studies classroom it would be best to use it for a whole group reading so that students can discuss the various issues. The book includes a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. The page layout is attractive and engaging. Photographs add color and detail to the text. Part of the "Disaster Alert" series.
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