This short anthology offers articles from different points of view on current issues, affording students the opportunity to compare opinions and formulate their own. An introduction provides some history and context for the discussion, and there is an annotated list of organizations to contact at the end. The other volumes in this growing series follow a similar format, offering 11 to 18 articles each focused on the single issue of the title, with each article prefaced by a short abstract. The brief articles are carefully chosen and reprinted in full, with source notes. There is less editorial input (e.g., no discussion questions) than in Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints series, reviewed below, and fewer articles. However, these are useful and up-to-date resources for any students examining current controversies. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven Press, 78p, 23cm, bibliog, index, $10.96. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
Gr 9 Up-Keeping with the intent of the series, this title raises questions that will foster endless discussions. Articles examine the causes of aggressive behavior in young people, including the effects of violent song lyrics, television, and video games, as well as dysfunctional families and the availability of guns. The essays, from educators, journalists, and psychologists, have all been previously published in journals and newspapers or were testimonies before congressional hearings. The book ends with an article on the varied backgrounds of violent children with case histories of well-publicized, shocking incidents. A list of organizations concerned with juvenile violence is appended. A thought-provoking, well-balanced presentation.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.