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by R. Gordon Grant, Grant

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VOYA - Voya Reviews
Some of the most important issues young people struggle to understand are the ones adults find hardest to explain. The Talking Points series features six titles that cover issues such as mental illness, animal rights, alcoholism, homelessness, divorce, and genocide in an attempt to clarify the background and implications of each. The books begin with a definition of the topic, followed by causes of, responses to, and effects of the matter. Volumes are written in clear, unencumbered language with information that is logically organized and presented in a neutral voice. Genocide explains that when victims are dehumanized, murder becomes acceptable. Brightly colored sidebars provide data and statistics in a visually appealing, readable format; photographs are an added benefit for the reader. The biggest shortcoming of the series might be the imbalance of the textual and the visual--photographs comprise the greater part of these titles. The Talking Points series will be a welcome addition to the reference and/or guidance sections of any public or school library. Whether for classroom use or to satisfy personal curiosity, each title in the series presents the facts and viewpoints crucial to students' investigations; the "Useful Addresses" and "Books to Read" appendixes are perfect supplements to the initial material. Teens will appreciate a series that speaks to them, not above them, on issues that matter most in contemporary life. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Charts. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, RaintreeSteck-Vaughn, Ages 12 to 15, 64p. PLB $27.12. Reviewer: Beth Gilbert

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Raintree Publishers
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Talking Point Series
Product dimensions:
7.04(w) x 10.15(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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