Thinking Critically Reviews

Thinking Critically: Fake News ISBN 978-1-68282-659-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-660-7
Thinking Critically: LGBT Issues ISBN 978-1-68282-661-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-662-1
Thinking Critically: School Shootings and Violence ISBN 978-1-68282-663-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-664-5
Booklist, December 1, 2019

Focusing on current and divisive topics, the Thinking Critically series provides readers with illuminating background information on each topic discussed, along with facts and statements used to support each side of the issue presented. Fake News examines the relatively new issue of fake news, its origins, the influence fake news has on public opinion, and the roles the news media and social media play in regard to distributing or controlling fake news. LGBT Issues discusses same-sex marriage, the rights of transgender people in the military, and the rights of LGBT employees as well as their employers. School Shootings and Violence focuses on arguments for and against metal detectors in schools, whether school staff should carry weapons, and if schools should offer mental health counseling, as well as the media's role in school shootings. Each title provides separate chapters discussing different issues within the larger topic, with arguments provided for and against each individual issue. Quotes, facts, and illustrated charts are integrated into the text, which concludes with source notes and a list of related organizations. Each chapter is well organized, beginning with a summary of arguments for and against its highlighted topic, and the cases included will keep readers wanting to learn more. An informative series that will allow readers to consider the many sides of important issues confronting people today.
— Selenia Paz