This quick and dirty overview reads more like something written by teens than for them.

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REHAB OR PUNISHMENT

WHAT TO DO ABOUT DRUG CRIMES

A lopsided outline of arguments for treatment and incarceration of drug offenders in the United States.

In five brief, anecdote-laden chapters, Mooney (Biodiversity, 2019, etc.) attempts to present both sides of her self-imposed titular binary. She first examines the rationales for and shortcomings of imprisonment in a nation where 20% of incarcerated people are serving time for drug offenses. Though the harsh punishments wrought by mandatory minimums and truth in sentencing laws are invoked as deterrents by their defenders, she summarizes a single study for partial evidence even though it did not focus on drug crime before citing contrary research specifically examining drug offenses which fails to note any significant correlation. Later chapters reviewing alternatives to incarceration prove a bit more substantial, describing in-prison substance abuse treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy; therapeutic communities, that house and treat participants; and medication-assisted treatment, which combines behavioral therapy with approved medications to combat opioid addictions, noncarceral alternative sentencing programs, and drug courts. Troublingly, this account largely ignores systemic and institutional considerations. Mooney confines commentary on the relationship between race and the judicial system to a single half-page sidebar detailing disparities in arrests and outcomes; similarly, she makes no mention of the pharmaceutical industry’s role in precipitating the ongoing opioid epidemic despite frequent references to the crisis.

This quick and dirty overview reads more like something written by teens than for them. (source notes, organizations, further reading, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68282-739-0

Page Count: 80

Publisher: ReferencePoint Press

Review Posted Online: July 21, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2019

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An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist.

MAYA LIN

THINKING WITH HER HANDS

One of the world’s most celebrated creators of civic architecture is profiled in this accessible, engaging biography.

Similar in style and format to her Everybody Paints!: The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family (2014) and Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O’Keeffe (2011), Rubin’s well-researched profile examines the career, creative processes, and career milestones of Maya Lin. Rubin discusses at length Lin’s most famous achievement, designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Chinese-American Lin was a reserved college student who entered and won the competition to design and build the memorial. Her youth and ethnicity were subjects of great controversy, and Rubin discusses how Lin fought to ensure her vision of the memorial remained intact. Other notable works by Lin, including the Civil Rights Memorial for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, a library and chapel for the Children’s Defense Fund, the Museum of Chinese in America, and the outdoor Wave Field project are examined but not in as much depth as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Attractively designed, the book is illustrated extensively with color photos and drawings.

An engaging, admiring, and insightful portrait of an uncompromising, civic-minded, visionary artist. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Biography. 12-15)

Pub Date: Nov. 7, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4521-0837-7

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 21, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2017

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ENDANGERED

From the Ape Quartet series , Vol. 1

Congolese-American Sophie makes a harrowing trek through a war-torn jungle to protect a young bonobo.

On her way to spend the summer at the bonobo sanctuary her mother runs, 14-year-old Sophie rescues a sickly baby bonobo from a trafficker. Though her Congolese mother is not pleased Sophie paid for the ape, she is proud that Sophie works to bond with Otto, the baby. A week before Sophie's to return home to her father in Miami, her mother must take advantage
of a charter flight to relocate some apes, and she leaves Sophie with Otto and the sanctuary workers. War breaks out, and after missing a U.N. flight out, Sophie must hide herself and Otto from violent militants and starving villagers. Unable to take Otto out of the country, she decides finding her mother hundreds of miles to the north is her only choice. Schrefer jumps from his usual teen suspense to craft this well-researched tale of jungle survival set during a fictional conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Realistic characters (ape and human) deal with disturbing situations described in graphic, but never gratuitous detail. The lessons Sophie learns about her childhood home, love and what it means to be endangered will resonate with readers.

Even if some hairbreadth escapes test credulity, this is a great next read for fans of our nearest ape cousins or survival adventure. (map, author's note, author Q&A) (Adventure. 12-16)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-16576-1

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: Oct. 3, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2012

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