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behnke_up for saleBehnke, Alison Marie  Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Middle school, high school
     72 pp.     Twenty-First Century

This slim volume takes on human trafficking all over the world, covering debt bondage, forced domestic servitude, the sex trade, organ and adoption trafficking, forced military service, and more. Although the text takes a thorough, businesslike approach to an emotional topic, the frequent “Voices of the Victims” feature and moving photographs humanize the statistics. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Slave trade; Human trafficking; Prostitution; Slavery

hanson_keeping the peaceHanson, Anders  Keeping the Peace: The Kids’ Book of Peacemaking
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.     ABDO

Hanson, Anders  Everyone Is Equal: The Kids’ Book of Tolerance
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.     ABDO

Super SandCastle: What We Stand For series. Each of these easy-to-read and attractive books presents useful definitions and situations to explain peacemaking (conflict resolution) and tolerance (accepting and respecting differences). Despite some puzzling or extraneous text, the books are good introductions and discussion-starters. Final spreads encourage readers’ engagement (“What is one thing you can do to be a peacemaker?”). Glos.
Subjects: Psychology; Prejudices

hile_bullyingHile, Lori  Bullying
Middle school, high school     56 pp.     Heinemann

Teen Issues series. Using stories of students who have been bullied, Hile describes what constitutes bullying, examines why and how one becomes a bully, identifies the types of people that bullies target, discusses both face-to-face and cyberbullying, and suggests ways to prevent this destructive behavior. Color photos and short sidebars supplement and break up the readable narrative. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Behavior—Bullying; Internet

matthews_children growing up with warMatthews, Jenny  Children Growing Up with War
Gr. 4–6
     48 pp.     Candlewick

Emphasizing mainly Middle Eastern and African countries, photojournalist Matthews juxtaposes photographs (many posed) and case studies to introduce in each chapter a different way that sustained warfare affects children. The emotional images meaningfully capture living conditions; children’s quotes particularize the content. “Photographer’s Perspective” sections introduce the role of the photojournalist as a secondary topic. A “Main Conflicts” summary is appended. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Families, Children, and Sexuality; War; Photography

raum_helping othersRaum, Elizabeth  Helping Others
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Heinemann

Kids Making a Difference series. The focus of this serviceable text is the work real kids around the world are doing to improve their communities; their profiles make the information accessible and engaging. Lots of captioned photos and maps enhance the information. Text boxes feature quotations from famous people, tips for readers, and further resources. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Volunteerism; Behavior—Helpfulness

From the May 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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