- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 4, 2003

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Books —

“Prom Night: Youth, Schools and Popular Culture,” by Amy L. Best, Routledge, 2000. The author, a sociology professor, offers a cultural analysis of the teen “night of nights.”

“This Is Not Your Parents’ Prom,” by L.A. Galloway, Have Vision Publications, 2002. This book — partly a journal, actually — helps teens with prom planning, preparation and consideration, including the all-important safety issues.

Online —

Teen therapists, including Boston-based psychologist Carleton Kendrick, share their ideas about parenting at Teens Are Not a Disease (www.parentteen.com), a for-profit site jam-packed with teen culture and parenting wisdom.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has posted pages focusing on prom night (www.madd.org/under21/0,1056,1168,00.html) that list opportunities for teens to participate in contests and alcohol-free pledges. The site also includes tips on having fun without drinking and statistics students need to know.

A prom-information site (www.prom-night.com) created and maintained by Victor Sandoval, a California high school assistant principal and activities director, and his wife, LuAnn Haslam, a high school teacher and prom adviser, contains advice on everything from sample prices to tips for a terrific prom night.

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