From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up?An attorney with extensive experience in the area of law as it applies to youth has assembled 95 questions and answers into an exceptionally solid guide for teens. Recognizing that society has grave responsibilities toward young people, Jacobs voices the need for legal systems to guide and protect them. The scope of information is comprehensive, including issues of family, school, employment, the body and growing up, crime, punishment, and the legal system. Jacobs addresses the basics: the authority of parents, the right of children to be free from abuse, what to do when parents divorce, the need for children to be educated, the rights of employers as well as their teenage employees, and health issues, including substance abuse as well as the legal ramifications of HIV infection. In addition, he deals with issues that kids face everyday: "Can my locker be opened and searched?"; "Can I be made to undergo drug testing to engage in school athletics?"; and "Can I get my own apartment?" Every chapter ends with a list of questions and thought-provoking activities that encourage readers to examine the relevance and the ethics of the law as it affects them. Charts and inserts that contain real-life examples, compelling data, and other information enhance the text. A list of books, organizations, and Web sites germane to the questions are included. This current and comprehensive book is an important inclusion for collections serving teens.?Sylvia V. Meisner, Allen Middle School, Greensboro, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 7^-12. Like the more specialized ACLU Handbooks for Young Americans , this one also uses a question-and-answer format. But unlike those books, it generally steers clear of legal specifics and extended discussion. In clear, everyday language, with just a sprinkling of legal terms, Jacobs presents useful guidelines and background on a variety of topically organized concerns related to teens' rights within the family, at school, on the job, in the community, and within the legal system itself: "What will happen if I get caught shoplifting?" "Can I get an abortion without telling my parents?" "What rights do teen parents have?" Jacobs is not overly judgmental, though he occasionally supplies some stern examples of consequences, as in his response to a question about the legality of sniffing glue or paint thinner. Also, when discussing thorny issues, he sometimes suggests that teens consult trusted adults before making big decisions. "FYI" sections following each discussion question steer readers to additional resources, and "Think about It, Talk about It" sections following each chapter are ideal for teachers. Stephanie Zvirin