Child Soldiers: ISBN 978-1-60152-974-9 / eBook: 978-1-60152-975-6
Foster Youth: ISBN 978-1-60152-976-3 / eBook: 978-1-60152-977-0
Homeless Youth: ISBN 978-1-60152-978-7 / eBook: 978-1-60152-979-4
Incarcerated Youth: ISBN 978-1-60152-982-4 / eBook: 978-1-60152-983-1
Undocumented Immigrant Youth: ISBN 978-1-60152-980-0 / eBook: 978-1-60152-981-7
School Library Connection, January 1, 2017
The purpose of this series is to increase awareness of children and teens living on the fringes of society. Each volume provides ample background and context, featuring personal accounts, examples, and judiciously chosen quotes that make the content accessible and relevant. Some of the testimony is detailed and difficult to read. Interviews with undocumented immigrants, foster children, and homeless youth describe efforts to blend in and stay below the radar, hampering efforts to identify them and provide needed support. The selection on child soldiers includes multiple references to traumatizing forms of abuse (physical, mental, sexual, and emotional). Each book ends with a chapter on initiatives to help these marginalized populations, including successful programs with positive outcomes, plus lists of social agencies and aid organizations. Each slim volume packs a punch, and the concentration on young populations fills a research need.
Kathleen McBroom, Retired Librarian and Educator, Dearborn (Michigan) Public Schools