In Controversy Reviews

How Does Video Game Violence Affect Society? ISBN 978-1-60152-490-4 eBook: 978-1-60152-491-1
Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal? ISBN 978-1-60152-498-0 eBook: 978-1-60152-499-7
Should Vaccinations for Youth Be Mandatory? ISBN 978-1-60152-500-0 eBook: 978-1-60152-501-7
Booklist, September 1, 2013

The title of each book of the In Controversy series asks a question, reflecting its attempt to provide a vigorous discussion of the pros and cons. It's a little fairer in its coverage than some discussion books, which try to match every point tit-for-tat—these allow room for different viewpoints without pretending each view is equally substantial. The chapters investigate a genuine question about each topic, such as "How Do Same-Sex Households Affect Children?" and "Are Vaccines Safe?" How Does Video Game Violence Affect Society?—a somewhat unaddressed topic in teen nonfiction—gives graphic descriptions of the violence, racism, and other negatives in some video games and discusses what the impact of these are upon both individuals and society at large. Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal? is up-to-date as of June 2012 and gets into the thorny topics of religion, child rearing, and constitutional rights. Should Vaccinations for Youth Be Mandatory? discusses why some people fear vaccines and how their personal choices affect society as a whole when diseases are able to spread. Each chapter is followed by a box of quick facts, and each volume includes good source notes. These make for ideal starting points for student researchers, and the interesting material with lots of quotes makes these useful for leisure reading, too