From the Series Compact Research: Current Issues
Is there a connection between guns and criminal activity in the United States? Through objective overviews, primary sources, and full-color illustrations, this title explores Can Gun Control Reduce Crime? Could Gun Control Reduce Youth Violence? Does the Constitution Guarantee the Right to Own Guns? Are Some Gun Bans Warranted?
|Interest Level||Grade 7 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 7|
|Series||Compact Research: Current Issues|
|Number of Pages||96|
|Title Format||Reinforced book, Print + Ebook|
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up These books are intended to allow one-stop shopping for researchers by providing an overview, primary and secondary information, and charts and graphs on a contemporary topic. World Energy Crisis covers the diminishing quantity of available oil, nuclear power, and renewable energy sources. It discusses the current problems of energy use and supply without any mention of global warming or the green-house effect. In Gun Control, the discussion includes subjects such as youth violence, the Second Amendment, and bans on assault weapons. Both volumes include the names of key people and advocacy groups, a timetable showing the development of the issues, and additional re-sources. The colorful charts are sometimes difficult to understand and no explanatory text is provided. Although both sides of controversial issues are given, often the very short quotations provided as primary-source material are taken out of context and may not give readers enough information. The “Opposing Viewpoints” series (Gale) gives readers a fuller understanding of these topics, although Kallen’s and Milite’s books could be used to supplement more thorough explorations of the subject because of their additional statistical information.