Compact Research: Energy and the Environment Reviews

Biomedical Ethics: ISBN 978-1-60152-157-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-368-6
The Death Penalty: ISBN 978-1-60152-158-3
The Green Movement: ISBN 978-1-60152-163-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-374-7
School Library Journal, January, 2012

Gr 7 Up These concise volumes explore three controversial topics by combining objective narratives, opinion-based primary documents, and relevant supporting data. Each book begins with a useful overview of the issue before moving on to the fundamental questions that surround it, such as "Should Doctors Be Allowed to Help Patients Die?" "Does the Death Penalty Deter Violent Crime?" "Do the Benefits of Going Green Outweigh the Costs?" While the questions are pertinent and the answers solid in construction, the brief primary-source quotations, divorced as they are from the context of their complete arguments, are of little use to student researchers. The same can be said for the "Facts and Illustrations" sections that, while eye-catching, may only provide prefatory material for much larger issues. Although rounded out by chronologies, lists of related organizations, and print and online resources for further research, these books attempt too much while readers come away with too little.