Handcuff Blues: Helping Teens Stay Out of Trouble with the Law

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Compelling true-life stories that encourage teens to stay out of trouble.

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Grade 6-9-Twelve scenarios, based on real people and circumstances, address such issues as drunk driving, vandalism, shoplifting, and drive-by shooting. A criminal defense attorney, the author hopes that this compendium of "true stories" will help teen readers understand how various actions may have legal implications and what criminal proceedings they may face if they engage in the same activities. In each story, the title character's lifestyle, home life, and personality are summarized. Then, the illegal activity is described and its criminal-justice resolution is recounted. The situations are credible and the details are realistic. The young people involved come from a variety of backgrounds and display varying degrees of intellectual acumen and emotional maturity. However, the author fails to breathe life into the set pieces, making them better as discussion starters than as research prospects or for casual reading. Flat, black-and-white illustrations accompany the scenarios. Each story has a list of related legal infractions and a few discussion questions. Older teens will find the stories and illustrations so hokey as to be immediately discounted but younger students may be open to discussing them.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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