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What Are My Rights?

Q&A About Teens and the Law (Revised & Updated Third Edition)


“Can I be prosecuted for comments I make online?” “Can I get a credit card?” “Why can’t I wear what I want to school?” These questions about teens and the law—and many more—are asked and answered. Teens often have questions about the law, but they don’t always know where to turn for answers about youth rights. This book provides those answers, exploring more than 100 questions specifically discussing the legal rights of teens. This revised and expanded third edition of the book features:

  • facts and statistics about crime rates, notable juvenile court cases, state-by-state laws, and more
  • questions and answers about topics including family, school, jobs, growing up, the legal system, and the consequences of breaking the law
  • a chapter about rights online, from Facebook to file sharing
  • a foreword by cyberbullying prevention expert Dr. Jenny Walker
  • “Think About It, Talk About It” sections to spur conversation about teens and the law
  • a glossary of legal terms
  • charts detailing state-by-state laws on school attendance, cyberbullying, and other teen legal concerns

Judge Tom Jacobs draws on examples from real-life court cases involving young people, and uses a straightforward “just the facts” tone to help teens find out more about the laws that affect them, appreciate their rights, and consider their responsibilities.

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ISBN: 978-1-57542-380-7
Reading Level: Grades 9 & Up
Interest Level: Ages 12 & up
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Lexile Measure: 1110L
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 224

Praise for What Are My Rights?:
“Focusing on a teen’s rights when dealing with privacy, workplaces, schools, internet concerns, and much more, What Are My Rights? is a strong reference.”—Midwest Book Review

Praise for the previous edition:
“An exceptionally solid guide for teens . . . current and comprehensive.”—School Library Journal

Awards for the previous edition:

  • “Books for the Teen Age,” New York Public Library
  • ALA/YALSA “Quick Pick”
  • ALA/YALSA “Popular Paperback for Young Adults
  • Common Core State Standards


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