In Controversy Reviews

Are Cell Phones Dangerous? ISBN 978-1-60152-232-0 eBook: 978-1-60152-233-7
Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults? ISBN 978-1-60152-230-6 eBook: 978-1-60152-231-3
Booklist, October 15, 2012

Using guided questions and weighing multiple sides of the issue, these In Controversy titles tackle topics relevant to teens. Are Cell Phones Dangerous? begins with a brief history of this now ubiquitous technology and then analyzes the risks of cell phone usage in three main areas. It draws on numerous studies to report suspected links to cancer, a decline in male fertility, and other health-related problems as well as accidents and deaths related to texting while driving. The authors also look a such negative impacts on youth culture as addiction, bullying, and sexting. Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults? begins with early examples of youths tried as adults and the roots of juvenile justice. Citing experts in law enforcement and psychology, the text examines teens' responsibility for crimes as their brains are still evolving and subjected to peer pressure. It also considers whether juvenile offenders can be rehabilitated and identifies alternative programs that achieve some success in reducing recidivism. Both timely titles feature color photographs, fact boxes, lists of related organizations and websites, a bibliography, and source notes and will serve as useful debate starters.