In Controversy: How Serious a Problem Is Synthetic Drug Use? Reviews

How Serious a Problem Is Synthetic Drug Use?: ISBN 978-1-60152-884-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-883-4
How Is Online Pornography Affecting Society?: ISBN 978-1-60152-882-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-885-8
VOYA, February 1, 2017

These two additions to the In Controversy series address common issues confronting young people. There are more than 2.5 million pornography sites on the Internet. Internet pornography is accessible, affordable, and anonymous: it is available, sometimes with an accidental click of the mouse. The text discusses whether Internet porn is addictive; whether it is damaging to young people; how it affects relationships; and what society can do to curtail the negative effects of Internet pornography. Synthetic drugs are usually manufactured by drug dealers and most times, users have no idea what was used to make the drugs. The text covers the extent of synthetic drug abuse; what the risks are for using one; current laws against synthetic drug use and their effectiveness; and what can be done to combat abuse of the drugs.

In Controversy, a long-running series covering current, debatable issues, follows a tried-and-true format in each volume. Authors are careful not to bias readers with opinion, instead offering balanced information with cited sources. The books begin with an overview of the titular topic and then provide historical context. Each chapter uses a question about a particular aspect of the issue as a title. The language used is neither threatening nor dull which makes the books appealing for young readers. The pictures and fact boxes break up the text and create visually-appealing pages. There are helpful resources listed in the back of the texts. These titles should be purchased by those libraries with a current In Controversy collection, or those who wish to build their young adult nonfiction collections.
—Kimberly Barbour.


How Serious a Problem Is Synthetic Drug Use?: ISBN 978-1-60152-884-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-883-4
How Is Online Pornography Affecting Society?: ISBN 978-1-60152-882-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-885-8
School Library Journal, September 1, 2015

Gr 7 Up This long-running, well-researched series continues to tackle timely and relevant subjects. While these are potentially sensational topics, the writing is, as always, matter-of-fact and the perspective balanced. Chapter headings are phrased in the form of questions (“What Are the Dangers of Synthetic Drug Use?”), and occasional photos, sidebars, and pull-out quotes add to the appeal. Robust choices for those seeking options for current events units or materials to spark debate.