9781607539827. ea vol: 32p. (Protecting Our People). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Amicus. Jul. 2016. lib. ed. $20.95. ebk. $42.80.
Gr 2–4—Crash! Bang! Yikes! This set uses brief crime scenarios (law enforcement officers best a bad guy or diffuse a dangerous situation) to captivate readers. The format is generally consistent across volumes. Chapters such as "A Day in the Life" describe the secretive nature of CIA agents, the special gear of SWAT teams, or the quick reactions of federal air marshals who pretend to be airplane passengers. "Learning the Ropes" chapters cover training methods, such as close combat, fitness, and high-speed driving in each title. The fast-paced writing style matches the adventuresome nature of these careers, without diminishing the tedious tasks and importance of safety measures. Transitional readers are offered in-text definitions of vocabulary words (hostage, drone, perimeter) in addition to the glossary. Question and answer sections, color blocked facts, and large photos depicting a diverse set of men and women on the job are seen on every page.
Color photos and occasional question-and-answer sidebars accompany simple, choppily written texts on federal agents who protect our elected officials and American citizens. Beginning with a scenario portraying a crime-in-the-making, the books then describe the agents' daily work, the training they receive, and how they work with other agencies and with the public. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Protecting Our People titles: The CIA, Federal Air Marshalls, The FBI, SWAT Teams, U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Secret Service.

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