Does Illegal Immigration Harm Society?: ISBN 978-1-60152-085-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-409-6
Is Stem Cell Research Necessary?: ISBN 978-1-60152-088-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-412-6
Childhood Obesity: ISBN 978-1-60152-083-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-407-2
How Should the World Respond to Global Warming? ISBN 978-1-60152-086-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-410-2
Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?: ISBN 978-1-60152-084-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-408-9
Library Media Connection, January 1, 2010
The titles in this series cover hot topics that begin with history and background of the controversy, present viewpoints on both sides of the issue, and conclude with an annotated list of organizations to consult, source notes, and index. A glossary in the science-related topics would have been helpful. Excellent graphic organization includes vibrant color photographs, quotations on “sticky notes,” concise viewpoints in sidebars, and quick facts at the end of each chapter. One drawback is that pro and con viewpoints are intermingled within the text, not segmented like the Opposing Viewpoints series (Gale). The use of opinion polls in the fact boxes provides a teachable moment of what is fact and what is opinion. While the text of the book is heavily sourced, studies and the fact boxes are not. However, most of them can be found easily by using keyword searching on the Internet. The cited sources are very recent, most from 2007 to 2009.
Does Illegal Immigration Harm Society?: ISBN 978-1-60152-085-2 eBook: 978-1-60152-409-6
Is Stem Cell Research Necessary?: ISBN 978-1-60152-088-3 eBook: 978-1-60152-412-6
Childhood Obesity: ISBN 978-1-60152-083-8 eBook: 978-1-60152-407-2
How Should the World Respond to Global Warming? ISBN 978-1-60152-086-9 eBook: 978-1-60152-410-2
Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?: ISBN 978-1-60152-084-5 eBook: 978-1-60152-408-9
School Library Journal, November 2009, Series Made Simple Supplement
Gr 9 Up An excellent series, providing unbiased information on a range of controversial topics. Each volume provides a rigorous investigation of its topic, with chapter titles structured as questions to encourage students to think about the issues. For example, chapters in Illegal Immigration include “Does Illegal Immigration Harm the American Economy?” and “Does Illegal Immigration Lead to Increased Crime and Terrorism?” Each volume is attractively designed, allowing plenty of white space to contrast with the color photos, reproductions, charts and graphs, maps, and sidebars. Quotes are well-cited, and the writing is consistently high. For in-depth research into a topic, these are first-rate resources.