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Teens in Brazil
ISBN: 9780756524425
Author: Jones, Caryn Gracey
Publisher: Compass Point Books
Published: January 2007
Retail: $33.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Teenage experiences in Brazil are diverse. Despite the differences, most teens live their lives in the large cities, dancing to samba music, performing the art of Capoeira, and playing futebol. In this diverse and culturally rich environment, more teens are choosing to complete high school with the hope of finding good jobs. Teens in Brazil is part of Global Connections, a series that uncovers the challenges, pastimes, and customs of teens around the world.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 7.25" L x 0.50" W
Bargain Category: Middle School, Geography, Non-Fiction
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 April)

Gr 7 Up— These titles depict the culture, customs, and challenges of adolescents in various countries. Each book covers schooling, family structure, holidays, work, and leisure activities. Information on traditions, food, and famous citizens is also included. Sensitive issues such as crime in Brazil's tenement slums and the abandonment of baby girls in China are touched on but not examined in depth. The books conclude with "At a Glance," a report-ready snapshot of the country's statistics, government, geography, and economy; a historical time line; and a brief but useful glossary. Full-color photos, maps, and charts enliven every page, though photographs are not always cued to the text. Likewise, captions are occasionally so vague as to be extraneous ("Some of the most popular books among Australian teens are fantasies, action/adventures, and mysteries"). Organizational issues plague these volumes. For example, a sidebar on Australian currency does not explain why the Queen of England appears on the five-dollar bill, though an explanation appears many pages later in a chapter on holidays. A passage about a 14-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro mentions that she lives in a "favela" but the term is not defined until the following chapter. Despite much worthwhile content and surefire connections to social-studies and foreign-language curricula, these "age-specific" books take a style-over-substance approach. Look instead to the "…in Pictures" series (Lerner) or "Modern World Nations" (Chelsea House), which do not focus on teens, but cover much of the same information.—Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA

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