Youth in Rural North America

While most North Americans live in urban areas, the reality of North American life continues to be shaped by the experiences of those who live in rural areas. Many people consider country life to be idyllic, and it's true that growing up in a rural environment does have real benefits. Statistics from across North America, however, show that rural youth face many of the same difficulties that are associated with young people living in cities. What's more, rural youth fare worse than urban kids on several key indicators of positive development. (For example, rural youth are more likely than their urban counterparts to use drugs and alcohol.) This series of 13 books offers a colorful examination of both the pleasures and challenges for various groups of rural youth. Full-color photographs and engaging text bring to life topics such as country fairs, rural sports, rural poverty, and rural education.


ISBN 978-1-4222-0011-7
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 10 out of 12 volumes available.
12 volumes
12 & up
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Getting Ready for the Fair: Crafts, Projects, and Prize-Winning Animals
by Joyce Libal

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0019-3 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Discover the fascinating history of agricultural fairs in North America and get easy directions for over a dozen projects to enter in competition. Grow a giant pumpkin, bake a prize-winning pie, dress up a layer cake, construct a table, make a decorative wreath, knit a scarf, stitch a quilted pillow, braid a rug-the list goes on and on.You\'ll learn about:- gardening- flower arranging- canning - baking- woodworking- quilting- knitting- rug making- photographyOver forty step-by-step diagrams are included to help you master the traditional crafts of quilting, knitting, and rug braiding and to build a small, versatile table. Pick out a spot in your home to hang prize-winner ribbons, and begin making a fair entry today with the help of Getting Ready for the Fair: Rural Crafts and Projects for Teens.

Growing Up on a Farm: Responsibilities and Issues
by Peter Sieling

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0012-4 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Want to grow tomatoes? Raise trout? Show your calf at the county fair? Build a greenhouse? In the twenty-first century, fewer North Americans farm for a living-but plenty of people are still interested in farming. The number of farmers\' markets across the country has doubled-and then some-since 1994. The more urban and suburban we become, the more farm life seems to fascinate us.As people have moved away from farms and into high-tech careers, there often remains the urge to dig in the dirt, raise livestock, and participate in the ancient vocation that produced the first civilizations at the dawn of history. Plenty of rural kids are still growing up on farms across North America. But you don\'t have to grow up on a farm to experience farm living!

Migrant Youth: Falling Between the Cracks
by Joyce Libal

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0020-9 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Migrant: A person who routinely travels from one region to another in search of employment.Imagine having to leave your home, school, and friends for at least one third of the year, every year, because your parents need to find work. What if you had to leave while school was in session? How would you keep up with your classes so you could get credit for the year? What if you couldn\'t return home until after school started? How would you catch up to your classmates? What if you had to live in several different states during the summer, but you never knew what house your family would occupy, or its condition? How would you like to spend your summer working at a physically exhausting job that lasted from sunup to sundown? What if your job was sometimes even dangerous?For thousands of children and teens, whose parents work to grow and harvest the foods we eat, these aren\'t just questions on the back of a book. This is their reality. In Migrant Youth: Falling Between the Cracks, you\'ll learn about some of the programs that help these kids and their families-and where many programs fall short. You\'ll also gain a new appreciation for the price that\'s paid by some so the rest of us can benefit from North America\'s abundant food supply.

Rural Crime and Poverty: Violence, Drugs, and Other Issues
by Jean Ford

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0016-2 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
What do these regions have in common: the Appalachian Mountains; the Deep South; the shores of the Rio Grande; Midwest flatlands; North Central prairies; the glacial plains of Alaska and Canada; northern forests and islands? They\'re all rural, but these areas share far more than being \"out in the sticks.\" Each region is home to real teenagers; each has pockets of chronic poverty; and they all struggle with crime. We\'ve all heard about city crime-but what about crime in rural America? Does poverty impact crime there? Is there even crime there? Sadly, many stereotypes exist about poor people, rural people, and rural crime. Put all three together, and the stereotype is grossly inaccurate. This book will tell you what it\'s really like to live rurally, in poverty, from the mouths of teens who live it every day. Then you\'ll look into specific areas of rural crime: substance abuse, vandalism, violent crime, even murder, and how poverty impacts (or doesn\'t impact) them. You\'ll also read about actual criminal cases, including excerpts from real teens experiencing real crimes. When we learn about other people\'s lives, particularly people we\'ve never encountered, we can learn a little bit more about ourselves.

Rural Teens and Nature: Conservation and Wildlife Rehabilitation
by Angela Libal

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0023-0 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Although we often take it for granted, the natural world is constantly around us, offering us its many gifts. Planet Earth is a miraculous place, filled with growing things; plants, animals, and other forms of life are everywhere. Kids who grow up in the country experience this reality every day. There are many ways that each of us can help preserve the bountiful gifts nature offers. Every time someone appreciates the beauty and wonder of the natural world and makes a responsible choice, that person does her part to make the world a better place. Another person may choose to take an even more active role; he might pursue volunteer work or even a career in this field. There are many opportunities to do things every day that benefit the Earth and its creatures-and you don\'t need to grow up in the country to experience them!

Rural Teens on the Move: Cars, Motorcycles, and Off-Road Vehicles
by Roger Smith

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0021-6 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
On the surface, this book is about teens who live in the country and their various forms of transportation. In reality, this book is about young adults and their cultures, because vehicles play an important role in the social interactions of teens. For most rural youth, living apart from mass transportation, cars and other vehicles are critical to getting back and forth to school, work, and social events. Rural teens living on farms or ranches also use trucks, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), and snowmobiles for work purposes. For many teens and their families, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs provide recreation as well, and for still other teens, their vehicles enable them to participate in legal and official race competitions. Some teens pour their time and energy into customizing their rides, so transportation becomes art and part of their identity. For a few teens, souped-up cars are a source of kicks; they put speed ahead of safety with sometimes-tragic results.For various reasons, cars and other vehicles are important to all these young adults. This book will tell you how and why!

Teen Life on Reservations and in First Nation Communities: Growing Up Native
by Marsha McIntosh

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0018-6 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Growing up on a reservation or a Canadian First Nation community means a teen must balance two worlds. These young adults usually live in rural areas. Their lives are different from either urban Native or urban Anglo people, not only because of the rural nature of their lives but also because of the rich traditions of their own cultures. What do these Native teens do for entertainment and fun, sports, and education? What are their traditions and beliefs? What are the challenges they face, and what are their hopes for the future? This book tells the stories of various First Nation and Native American youth who balance their lives between two cultures. As you discover the answers to these questions, you will also discover all these teens have to offer North America.

Teen Minorities in Rural North America: Growing Up Different
by Elizabeth Bauchner

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0014-8 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
When people think of minority populations, they often think of inner cities and other urban areas-but actually, almost half the rural populations in North America are comprised of minority populations. Rural minority teens face many of the same issues that other North American adolescents do, but their lives are also influenced by the unique cultures to which they belong. These cultures may offer them support and opportunities other teens may not have-but unfortunately, these young adults also face racism and prejudice. Minority populations still encounter many barriers to education, work, and health care. In many rural communities, racism maintains its stranglehold on the minority populations who live there. This book looks at each minority\'s culture and history, offering an important foundation for understanding these teens\' strengths and challenges.

Teens and Rural Education: Opportunities and Challenges
by Faith Stewart

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0015-5 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Lockers clang shut, bells ring, young people call to each other about the night\'s ballgame or the upcoming social event, halls are filled with jostling and pushing students. These seem like experiences that are universal to all teens in North America. However, while all schools have some common elements, education across North America varies as dramatically as the geography does. Schools and what happens in those schools look very different in inner-city Chicago than they do in a small fishing village in northern Newfoundland, a remote town in the mountains of North Dakota, an island community along the coast of British Columbia, or in upstate New York. A large portion of teenagers? lives, wherever they may live, is taken up with education. Schools matter to rural youth; they shape a large portion of teens? lives. Understanding what education is like in rural areas helps us understand the influences shaping this portion of North American young people.

Teens Who Make a Difference in Rural Communities: Youth Outreach Organizations and
by Jean Ford

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4222-0013-1 $22.95 (USD) Add To Cart
Have you ever complained about the tap water at home or in your school water fountains? How about all the trash along the road or in a local creek or park? Did you do anything about your complaints?How did you feel when you saw the images of 9/11, or heard about the 2004 Tsunami or the AIDS epidemic in Africa? Did you feel anything at all?What do you think when you encounter a handicapped person at school, or a senior citizen struggling with a heavy grocery-store door, or younger kids roaming the neighborhood with nothing to do, or a homeless person in your path? Such circumstances make many of us feel awkward, embarrassed, sad or angry, usually just for a moment. Some people don\\\'t notice such things at all. Still others just feel helpless to do anything and walk away. Thankfully, the youth highlighted in this book don\'t fall into any of those categories. Each of them noticed a need, let themselves feel, found a way to impact what he or she saw, and took action- and they were all from rural America. A few of these young champions reached out using solely their own resources; many more sought adult help, approached their local schools and clubs, or worked through well-established community-outreach organizations. In this book, you\\\'ll not only witness their remarkable journeys, you\\\'ll also learn about the more common groups offering North American kids the chance to make a difference-in their homes, communities, regions, states, provinces, nations, or world. Join the adventure!

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