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Children's LiteratureThis very relevant and issue oriented book will strike a chord with adolescent readers. They read about 21 different real-life cases about teens who broke the law. The reader then weighs the facts presented and decides what is right for the law-breaker, what is fair and what is best for the entire community as a whole. Readers then discover the real outcome of each case. They learn how and why the judge ruled as he or she did and what the judge considers before making a ruling in each case. They also learn sentencing options that were available to the judge and the background of each perpetrator. "Did You Know" facts are interesting and can be found throughout the book in blue boxes. They contain statistics such as, "nine persons under age 19 are killed everyday by firearms" and "over 70% of the total homicides, suicides and gun related deaths occur among American children." Another fascinating fact reveals, "25% of students ages 9 to 12 report they have been offered, sold or have been given an illegal drug." The end notes of this book are especially useful and contain a glossary of legal terms, table of contents, suggestions for use, books and magazine resources, crisis hot-lines and organizations and web sites to find further information. This book is a very valuable resource for many groups including school guidance counselors and health and social workers. 2003, Free Spirit Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
— Sue Reichard