Accelerated Reader is a program based on the fact that students become more motivated to read if they are tested on the content of the books they have read and are rewarded for correct answers. Students read each book, individually take the test on the computer, and receive gratification when they score well. Schools using the Accelerated Reader program have seen a significant increase in reading among their students.
These titles for reluctant readers highlight the possible consequences of drug use, including the dangers of addiction, damage to mind and body, and increased likelihood of violent behavior.
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Gr 6 Up--Series entries that tailor specific issues to reluctant teen readers. Overviews of drug ``families,'' such as stimulants and narcotics, and a variety of statistics (quoted from popular magazines) are found in all four titles. Posed black-and-white and full-color photos accent fictionalized scenarios that illustrate crucial points. Noticeable overlap and repetition occur, but each book makes distinct connections between specific societal concerns and substance abuse. They all introduce helpful and self-affirming coping strategies to assist teens in the development of psychologically healthy responses. Codependency is the strongest offering, with clear definitions, examples, a discussion of the compulsion connection, and specific ideas to assist students in ``starting life over.'' Date Rape offers safety tips as well as suggestions for parent/teen discussions. Gun Violence discusses gangs and their deadly combination with drugs in the schools. It encourages proactive behavior and personal responsibility in the resolution of conflict. Peer Pressure also offers guidance in ``How to Say No and Still Look Cool,'' but its focus is somewhat unclear and seems quite similar to Sandra Smith's Drugs and Your Friends (Rosen, 1993). Reasonable additions to YA collections, with their strength lying not in originality but in a knowledge of the intended audience and how to get information into their hands.
Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Rosen Publishing Group, 1995. Library Binding. Estado de conservación: Used: Good. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0823920658