0823939731 0823939731 School Library Journal Gr 6-8-In these three books, the authors present background information, followed by a description of the proceedings and conclude
with some facts about the influence of the trials on the lives of the participants and on the greater American culture. All three books are written in a choppy, journalistic manner that conveys facts adequately, but lack those engaging qualities that draw children to good nonfiction and occasionally cause confusion by an oversimplified presentation of a complex subject. In addition, sidebars and photos in places unrelated to the text break the flow of the narrative. The series subtitle is misleading since it implies provision of some primary-source text materials, but it refers primarily to the archival photos. Large print, wide margins, and attractively framed archival photographs are enhanced by good-quality paper. However, the captions are overly long and merely repeat information. Students can obtain better organized and written informatio ...
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