Understanding the Law: A Teen Guide to Family Court and Minors' Rights

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Editorial Reviews

This review was written and published to compare and contrast two books by Anne Bianchi about Family Court, one for the Need to Know Library and the other for the The Divorce Resource series. Using large print and mostly black-and-white photographs, Everything You Need to Know about Family Court, Bianchi's contribution to the Need to Know Library, focuses on family court as it applies to juvenile justice and juvenile crime. Bianchi writes briefly about the legal system in the United States, with information concerning the rehabilitation versus punishment debate, juvenile delinquency, juvenile rights, and how family court works in juvenile crime cases. The format of The Divorce Resource series bears similarities to Need to Know Library, but these books, although similarly titled, differ. The family court book in the Divorce series has little in common with the Need to Know family court volume. In Understanding the Law, the emphasis is on divorce and its affect upon teenagers in particular. The book employs more color photographs, smaller margins, and even larger print. Because Bianchi's context here is divorce, she concentrates on what teens might expect in court if their parents do divorce. Terms are defined, and aspects of custody and child support also are discussed. Although these series obviously were developed and published for a teen audience, they missed the mark. The material is topical and useful, but the format is off-putting. Teen readers and researchers, particularly reluctant readers, do not need—and will not like—a font size that is more suitable for a beginning-to-read book. The look of both these series screams "elementary school," and unless desperate, mostteenagers will not give these books a chance. The publisher would be much better off placing the same content in slim, rack-size paperbacks. Glossary. Index. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 2Q 1P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; No YA will read unless forced to for assignments; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, Rosen, 64p. PLB $17.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Bette Ammon

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Similar to the "Coping" series (Rosen), these books provide general information on already well-covered topics. Bianchi provides information about the legal issues surrounding divorce. She explains child custody and child support, and the rights of minors such as being allowed to state a preference to aid the custody decision. Frisch begins by advising readers that money may become more of an issue once parents divorce, and provides tips for finding references, looking for work, and being more helpful at home. The issue of a parent trying to buy a child's love with gifts the other can't afford is also addressed. The lack of statistics makes these titles unlikely to become dated quickly, but this omission also limits their usefulness for reports. Many of the photos don't seem to address the text, and some of the captions are out of sync with the pictures. Consider these books only as replacements for older books on the same subject, though they provide little new information.-Sarah Prielipp, Harrison Community Library, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823931521
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: Divorce Resource Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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