You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World
You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World
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Annotation: Shares tips and inspiration for aspiring activists, offering anecdotes about young activists from different world regions and historical periods while outlining a range of legal activiist tactics.
Catalog Number: #160480
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Tamaki, Lauren,
Pages: 113 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-681-19822-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-681-19822-4
Dewey: 306
LCCN: 2017034366
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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This informative and empowering guide encourages teens to improve the world by becoming activists. Paul explains eighteen direct actions teens can take for social change, ranging from petitioning and boycotting to legal action and protests; the point of view is distinctly progressive. Supplemented with Tamaki's sketchlike monochromatic drawings, each concise chapter also concludes with questions and suggestions.
Kirkus Reviews
The author of The Gutsy Girl (2016, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton) addresses young would-be activists in this how-to manual for effecting change in the world.Paul opens her book with a letter addressed to young readers in which she connects children's determination to stand up for their personal likes and dislikes to their power to change the world. She then lists 18 actions people of all ages can take to stand up for causes they believe in, from the small ("Change Your Habits," "Make a Protest Sign," "Petition," "Volunteer," "Raise Money," "Write a Letter") to the large ("Perform Guerilla Theater," "Invent Something," "Take Them to Court," "March," "Walk Out," "Just Sit Down"). Each section features true stories of people as young as 6 who took these actions on issues they cared about and had their voices heard. Each section also includes a "workbook" section, with a list of steps to take in order to complete the action. Interspersed throughout are "Activist Tips" that explain terms such as "escalate," "privilege," "intersectionality" and "direct action." Paul makes a point of encouraging people with privilege to take the stance of an ally rather than speaking for disadvantaged groups. She also cautions readers to understand the potential repercussions of direct action, "especially if you are a kid of color." As clear and responsible as the author is, young readers may still need adult guidance to understand how these sections apply to their lives. Tamaki's loose black-and-white illustrations include children of many races and at least one woman wearing a hijab.For kids who are passionate about effecting change and for those who aren't aware of their potential impact, this book is a useful guide for brainstorming and inspiration. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 9-13)
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

From the author of the "New York Times"-bestselling "The Gutsy Girl" comes an inspiring, instructional and fun guide for kid activists containing change-maker tips as well as anecdotes of young activists around the globe and throughout history. Illustrations.

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