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Title:
Straight talk about teenage gambling
Author:
Saunders, Carol Silverman.
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
115 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
Explores the issue of teenage gambling, discussing its addictive nature, effects on the individual and the family, and place in society.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780816037186
Format :
Book

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Central Library HV6710 .S28 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Recognizing that the teen years are a time of growth, transition, and tough choices, the Straight Talk series provides young readers with the knowledge they need to understand difficult issues, come to terms with their feelings, and make decisions that will work in the context of their lives. Without attempting to dictate answers, the Straight Talk series reminds its readers that all choices carry consequences. Each book is thoroughly indexed and contains a directory of resources.

Straight Talk About Teenage Gambling details the physical and emotional stakes involved with games of chance, from playing the lottery to sports betting. Thoughtful, honest coverage helps teens assess whether or not to gamble, how to make legal and low-risk choices if they do, and what to do if their gambling gets out of control.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. With every state except Utah and Hawaii allowing some form of gambling to which teenagers are exposed, and with no successful regulations currently being enforced against international online betting, teenage gambling is reaching epidemic proportions. The lure for teens is apparent everywhere: in television advertising, lottery signs at many convenience stores, even huge campaigns by gambling capitals such as Las Vegas promoting themselves as family vacation spots. The peril of such widespread exposure to gambling is made vivid through Saunders' thorough exploration of the topic. In a well-rounded presentation, rife with fascinating facts, she convincingly depicts the pitfalls of gambling without histrionics or condemnation. Most effectively for readers, she draws clear comparisons between gambling and other, more familiar addictions, and, throughout each section, streams a hypothetical tale of four teens, who respond to the temptation of gambling in distinct, varied, and identifiable ways. The book includes helpful Web sites, hotlines, and state-by-state phone numbers for Gamblers Anonymous. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Saunders tackles this difficult topic with insight and clarity. The first chapter is dedicated to gambling in a high-tech world; with the advent of online technology, it is now possible to gamble anonymously from home. The author supports her statements with facts and easy-to-understand statistics. The book includes a historical perspective, differentiates between risk taking and gambling, and explains the psychology behind this addiction and the negative effects it has on siblings and other family members. Legal aspects are discussed as are how the laws vary from state to state. An extensive list for further reading, Web sites, and names of organizations offering help or further information are also included. A welcome addition for research on social issues.-Bram Handwerger, Brewster High School, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

The thrill of laying it all on the line is a rush that many find hard to resist. What happens when teen lives become completely preoccupied with gambling? When they spend all their time and energy searching for the big payoff? Straight Talk About Teenage Gambling details the physical and emotional stakes involved with games of chance, from playing the lottery to sports betting. Thoughtful, honest coverage helps teens assess whether or not to gamble, how to make legal and low-risk choices if they do, and what to do if their gambling gets out of control. Excerpted from Straight Talk about Teenage Gambling by Carol S. Saunders All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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