Is It Still Cheating if I Don't Get Caught?

Bruce Weinstein, Author, Harriet Russell, Illustrator , illus. by Harriet Russell. Roaring Brook/Flash Point $9.95 (160p) ISBN 978-1-59643-306-9

Weinstein, aka the syndicated columnist “The Ethics Guy,” addresses adolescent ethical dilemmas using a set of five “Life Principles” (Do No Harm, Make Things Better, Respect Others, Be Fair, Be Loving). Posing theoretical situations, Weinstein makes assessments based on the principles (buying student essays online violates the first principle by “diminishing your educational experience”) and suggests an ethical course of action (“If this is the book you're assigned... this is what you have to tackle”). While readers will identify with many of the issues raised (trying marijuana, downloading music without paying, breaking up with someone by e-mail), some may find the approach didactic. Final art not seen by PW . Ages 10–14. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 04/06/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
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