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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
What is terrorism? In our present era not a day goes by without some reference in the media to terrorism and its implications but is this a domain that has been accurately defined? In this title from the illustrated "Debating the Issues" series Sterngass does an effective job of challenging and informing readers about the complex nature of terrorism. To accomplish this worthy goal Sterngass begins by identifying historical definitions of terrorism. Sterngass then identifies some of the international groups that have been labeled as terrorist organizations as well as their stated reasons for behaving the way that they do. He also presents the rationales that groups using suicide tactics postulate to justify their extreme actions. For example, to many people the fact that the Palestinian mother of a three-year-old would blow herself up to kill Israelis seems like an abomination. Yet, for people who feel they are desperate and that only by sacrificing their very lives can they strike back or publicize their cause, a different version of reality exists. Even when presenting actual terrorist scenarios Sterngass challenges his readers with thought provoking questions that should help them to see that almost no situations are simplistically black and white. This approach makes Terrorism an excellent teaching tool that should spark discussion and reflection. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—Immigration and Student Rights both contain four chapters that include a history of the topic, chapters arguing for and against the issue, and a concluding "You Decide" chapter. Immigration leans toward a tighter immigration policy with hard facts and more highly respected sources; having said that, it certainly opens up the debate by covering the many different aspects of legal and illegal immigrants, bringing into consideration the effect they have on our taxes, workforce, education system, and military. Student Rights opens with a review of the seeds of freedom of speech, beginning with Socrates, through the colonial foundation of our modern government. The book summarizes landmark ACLU student cases from 1965, 1983, and 2002 as a means of demonstration that First Amendment rights are not a given for minors. After reviewing the salient points in these cases, Hicks then refers back to them elsewhere in the text as he expands on topics such as free speech and the press. The third book is broken down differently. It reviews terrorist organizations and how terrorism works, and addresses counterterrorism. Sterngass takes care to expand on "one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter." Also included are Timothy McVeigh and the Ku Klux Klan by way of informing readers that not all terrorists are foreign-born nationals from countries with which we are at war. All three books have open, easy-to-read layouts and ample full-color photos, many full page.—Meredith Toumayan, Langley-Adams Library, Groveland, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761449775
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Debating the Issues Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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