Children's Literature - Meredith KigerOne of five in the "Voices" series that explore controversial issues to spark discussion among high school students, this edition presents 18 questions surrounding the seeming escalation of screen violence. Violence is nothing new and the book briefly looks at the history of violence as entertainment. Issues such as: Are children and teens more at risk?; Does screen violence desensitize people?; Is copycat violence common?; Is censorship justified?; and Are computer games a problem? are explicitly presented. The book uses creative graphics that include color photos, artwork, charts and quotes as well as minimal text to provoke young adults into debating the issues. Useful more as a provocation, the book could function as the first step in exploring issues that may need further research. The book was originally produced in England but has just as much relevance in this country. A timeline, glossary, index and sources for further study are provided. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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