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Fun with Crime

Looking Forward to Being Attacked
Bullard
1977

Submitter: Talk about putting a positive light on something bad,  Looking Forward to Being Attacked was written by Lt. Jim Bullard from the Memphis Police Department.  It was published in 1977.  I included the table of contents to demonstrate how Lt. Bullard just oozes optimism.

Holly: Looks like a great book with a weird approach and title.  No one looks forward to being attacked, even if they are a master at self-defense.  Oh, I get it!  He is being clever.  This was re-released in 1987.  With cell phones and car alarms, I think self-defense books in public libraries should be more up to date than this.  Please weed!

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After crafts, how about a few songs?

Music Activities for retarded children
a handbook for teachers and parents
Ginglend
1965

Another ALB spy sent this lovely book to us.  Think of it as a companion title to the crafts book!  Thankfully, it has been weeded from the collection.  Last time I checked WorldCat, this book was in university collections and a few large public libraries, which is probably appropriate for this title.  I also must confess it took me quite a while to realize that is some kind of bird on the cover.

Mary

Sharks vs. Jets

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Everything You Need to Know About Street Gangs
Stark
1992

Submitter: The first portion of the book introduces kids to the concept of gangs by telling the story of Johnny Boston, a boy who moved to a new city and fell in with a bad crowd. Then it switches to a question and answer format, with questions like “once I’m in a gang, can’t I just quit,” “If  I join a gang, will I have to carry a gun” and “if I join a gang, will I get rich?” One of my favorite picture captions says “motorcycle gangs often look scary, but many of them are relatively harmless.” And the photos of typical gang members are great — very, very dated!

Holly: Here’s a picture of one of those “typical gang members”:

 

 

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