Compact Research: Teenage Problems

Teens Cutting and Self Injury: ISBN 978-1-60152-770-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-771-4
Teens and Cheating: ISBN 978-1-60152-766-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-767-7
WASHYARG, December, 2015

Gr 8-12--Text is accurate and thorough, although a bit repetitive. The repetition may help lower level readers comprehend what can be difficult subject matter. This book has sections of primary source quotes that are clearly labeled. There are also clearly labeled sections called Facts and Illustrations that contain graphs, charts, and pictures to help clarify information. It also contains a timeline, related organizations, and additional resources for further research. This is a great resource for middle and high school students and staff. The topic of cheating and plagiarism is constant, so having an informational text about the topic is helpful.
—Anne Dame, Einstein Middle School


Teen Violence: ISBN 978-1-60152-496-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-497-3
Teenage Dropouts: ISBN 978-1-60152-506-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-507-9
School Library Journal, June 2013

Mooney defines teen violence, discusses its causes and influences and addresses ways to prevent it. Stewart focuses on increasing dropout rates throughout the country and what can be done to stem this alarming trend. The chapters in both texts are succinct and easy to understand. They are packed with statistics, primary-source quotes, and colorful charts and graphs to help readers understand the severity of the problems addressed. The topics are presented in a nonthreatening format and, despite the books' slim size, contain a plethora of information on the topics at hand. These volumes are prime starting points for research or class discussion. The almost-conversational tone makes them palatable for general readers and the content is well organized to include further information for interested students and teachers about advocacy groups, websites for further research, and related organizations. Great choices for both middle and high school libraries.
—Tammy Turner, Centennial High School, Frisco, TX


Teen Violence: ISBN 978-1-60152-496-6 / eBook: 978-1-60152-497-3
Teenage Dropouts: ISBN 978-1-60152-506-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-507-9
Booklist, May 15, 2013

The Compact Research: Teenage Problems series does a fine job of explaining some of the more serious dilemmas teens face. The books will be used almost exclusively for reports, but they ably keep readers' interest thanks to the primary-source quotes that pepper the text. Teen Violence looks at the reasons for the phenomenon, considers such issues as media influence, and speculates on how violence can be stopped. Bullying and violence around dating are also discussed. Teenage Dropouts interestingly begins with the fact that before the 1960s, it was no disgrace not to graduate high school. But the job market was, of course, much different then. Today, teens without high-school diplomas will earn much less throughout their lives than those who've obtained them. The book goes on to explain why teens drop out (pregnancy often plays a role for both young women and young men). It considers the question of how dropout rates can be reduced and what can be done to help those already out of school. The series design makes way for plenty of color charts and graphs. Listings of advocacy groups, related organizations, source notes, and a bibliography will extend the report writers' reach. Even those just looking for something to help with schoolwork may be touched by the information here.
—Ilene Cooper


Teenage Alcoholism: ISBN 978-1-60152-164-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-375-4
Teenage Drug Abuse: ISBN 978-1-60152-165-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-376-1
Teenage Eating Disorders: ISBN 978-1-60152-166-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-377-8
Teenage Mental Illness: ISBN 978-1-60152-167-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-378-5
Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: ISBN 978-1-60152-168-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-379-2
Teenage Suicide: ISBN 978-1-60152-156-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-367-9
Library Media Connection, May 1, 2012

Each volume in this series follows a clear, easy-to-read format with sidebars, lists, graphs, and primary source quotes. Each book starts with an overview followed by a set of questions and answers. The books follow with Key People, Advocacy Groups, and organizations. If you need well-researched information in a quick reference format for your students to research these topics, this series is a winner. Chronology. Index.
— Suzanne Lay, Educational Reviewer, Houston County, Georgia
Recommended


Teenage Alcoholism: ISBN 978-1-60152-164-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-375-4
Teenage Drug Abuse: ISBN 978-1-60152-165-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-376-1
Teenage Eating Disorders: ISBN 978-1-60152-166-8 / eBook: 978-1-60152-377-8
Teenage Mental Illness: ISBN 978-1-60152-167-5 / eBook: 978-1-60152-378-5
Teenage Suicide: ISBN 978-1-60152-156-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-367-9
School Library Journal, November 1, 2011

Gr 7-10 Unfortunately, this exhaustively researched series is also exhausting to read, and teens hoping for a sympathetic explanation of adolescent issues will be disappointed with its clinical, textbook style. Combining first-person narratives, opinions from specialists, and myriad statistics, these titles seem to have been written specifically for reports. The narratives and professional opinions, which are often conveyed through primary source quotes sections, appear to be selected solely for their scare-tactic qualities, while the fact pages are so verbose that the data loses its impact. Many of the charts and graphs are inadequately labeled or visually busy and, thus, quite confusing. Each volume contains a few color photographs.


Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: ISBN 978-1-60152-168-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-379-2
School Library Journal, November 2011

"More than 700,000 girls become pregnant each year; the U.S. teen birthrate is higher than in all other industrialized countries, and tens of thousands of young people have been infected by STDs." Drawing on a wide range of primary sources—from the Mayo Clinic and Yale University to Seventeen magazine and students' websites—this title in the Compact Research: Teenage Problems series confronts today's urgent, controversial issues; provides detailed information about both abstinence and contraception; and debates what should be taught in sex education, including the role of religious values. With lots of individual profiles, subheads, and feature boxes, the spacious book design will encourage browsers, who will find important facts as well as opposing viewpoints on issues such as the role of faith and religious counseling, the need for sex ed for nonheterosexual teens, and much more. With the current hot debates about access to contraception, this is a great title for group discussion, for adults, too. The detailed back pages include key advocacy groups.


Teen Smoking: ISBN 978-1-60152-098-2 / eBook: 978-1-60152-221-4
Immigration: ISBN 978-1-60152-095-1 / eBook: 978-1-60152-218-4
School Library Journal, March 2010

This series has a tried-and-true format for providing reliable and up-to-date information for students' reports, debates, or other class projects. After an overview of the issue, chapters posed as questions ("How Can Teen Smoking Be Prevented?" or "How Should the United States Address the Issue of Illegal Immigration?") get thorough and balanced answers incorporating viewpoints from both ends of the pro/con spectrum. The "Primary Source Quotes" and "Facts and Illustrations" sections allow readers to zero in on information that would be particularly helpful in supporting arguments. The attention to citing sources properly also teaches how to research, while the inclusion of "Key People and Advocacy Groups" and "Chronology" sections will point students to sources of further learning. While photo illustrations are sparse, the straightforward presentation of serious subject matter, graphics, and easy access to facts make the books excellent choices for reports and debates.