This title examines one of the world's critical issues, gangs. Readers will learn the historical background of this issue, leading up to its current and future impact on society. Early U.S. gangs, such as the Mafia, are discussed, as well as the formation of large gangs throughout the country, in both urban and rural areas. Violent gang rivalry is discussed, as well as law enforcement related to gang activity. Reasons young people join gangs are addressed, and programs for at-risk youth are covered. Engaging text, informative sidebars, and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of gangs. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, Web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 8|
|BISACS||JNF053110, JNF053210, JNF030000|
|Subject||Character Education, Social Studies|
|Number of Pages||112|
|Title Format||Reinforced Library Bound Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||6.25 x 9.25|
|Guided Reading Level||Z|
|ATOS Reading Level||8.5|
|ATOS Interest Level||MG+|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||135653|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||3.0|
|Features||Glossary of key words, Index, Informative sidebars, Reviewed, Sources for further research, and Table of contents|
|Online Resources||FREE! Booklinks Nonfiction Network|
Essential Issues Set 1 – Library Media Connection
This series provides a solid background on a wide range of contemporary newsworthy topics. The text is clear and concise, and generally easy to read. For students, some titles will be more interesting than others; however, all are interesting and vital for a middle or high school collection. Recommended.
Gangs, Drug Trafficking, Children's Rights, Biological & Chemical Warfare (Essential Issues) – Horn Book Guide
These books examine societal issues, reviewing their histories and relating steps taken to combat problems, including laws enacted to protect citizens. The readable texts are enhanced with numerous photographs and sidebars. . .
Essential Issues Set 1 – School Library Journal
These books examine their diverse topics in some depth, and cover some seldom-discussed issues such as mental illness and suicide. The texts are well-written, providing examples that put a human face to each problem. Quotes and facts are clearly attributed, and their sources are noted in the extensive back matter. The books include well-chosen and well-sized color photographs, and the narratives are surrounded by generous amounts of white space. Sidebars provide further information, or, more compellingly, offer stories about those touched by the topic. These excellent editions combine facts and personal stories that will be of great assistance to students writing reports.