Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose up Against Tyranny and Injustice
Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose up Against Tyranny and Injustice

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Annotation: This nonfiction collection of profiles of prominent activists features a stirring introduction by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #171021
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Ryding, Paul,
Pages: 209 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-279625-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3130-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-279625-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3130-0
Dewey: 920
LCCN: 2017057335
Dimensions: 21 cm.
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Language: English
Horn Book
Chambers presents brief, easy-to-read, chronologically organized biographical profiles of heroes and activists, from Joan of Arc to the "Million Women of the Women's March" in 2017. Each chapter begins with a quote by or related to the person and ends with a pithy "Resist Lesson" summing up that person's legacy. Reading list.
Publishers Weekly
In a foreword to this eclectic roundup of biographical sketches, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker underscores the importance of -pay back the blessings we have inherited from those who have resisted with our own continued struggle, service, and resistance.- Chambers-s snapshots focus on such familiar historical change-makers as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela, and Rachel Carson. Among contemporary activists are Malala Yousafzai and the million participants in the 2017 Women-s March; lesser-known crusaders include Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese man stationed in Lithuania during WWII, who fabricated visas for Jewish refugees. Chambers writes in a clear narrative style that briefly explores each individual-s drive to bring about change and their resulting accomplishments. Each profile opens with a quote (the wittiest is the Dalai Lama-s: -If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito-) and concludes with an often cogent -#Resist Lesson.- Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up Thirty-five short stories about people who fought to make a difference locally and globally. The individuals profiled represent an inclusive mix of genders, races, nationalities, sexualities, and abilities. They span nearly 600 years, from Joan of Arc to the millions who marched in 2017 in the worldwide Women's March. The goal of the book, as expressed in the inspirational introduction by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, is to encourage young people to learn from history and continue to struggle against injustice, and the text emphasizes that small actions can have a lasting future impact. Chambers and her clear, direct writing are most successful when highlighting specific actions, such as Chiune Sugihara issuing thousands of travel visas to Jewish people fleeing Europe during World War II. Some of the stories are told successfully in two to four pages; but for others, the brevity is limiting, and the result is confusing and often lacking key background information. Chambers paints a false and rosy picture in some cases, either not including the violent ending of a life (Harvey Milk and Sitting Bull) or failing to mention well-documented issues of racism (Susan B. Anthony). Additionally, the recommended reading list is very sparse and includes texts that are inappropriate for the age group. VERDICT While the informal tone and inspiring message may appeal to readers, they would be better served elsewhere with more complete and accurate portrayals of the lives of these important individuals. Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
From Joan of Arc in 1429 to the Movement for Black Lives and the Women's March in 2017, profiles of ordinary people resisting the status quo on principle lead to lessons for young people.Throughout the ages and spanning the globe, people have needed to raise their voices and wield pens, swords, or nonviolent bodies to call attention to societal wrongs. In this collective biography, readers meet 35 such change-makers from history distant and recent. Martin Luther and Galileo openly challenged major institutions. Sitting Bull, Queen Liliuokalani, and Mohandas Gandhi resisted the colonialists who took over their land and oppressed their people. Some inspired through art or environmentalism, and many fought for the right to be treated equally regardless of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Most readers will find stories they haven't heard before in this volume and will discover new inspiration from the familiar. Each brief profile begins with a quote and ends with a "resist lesson" such as "One voice can shake the earth" or "Oppression isolates us. Resistance unites us." They are written in an engaging third-person narrative style highlighting what distinguishes their subjects and occasionally what we can learn from their examples ("Not all powerful people shout"). Despite their subjects' renown, they are presented so that their strength is inspiring rather than overwhelming or distancing, often a result of personal growth, key moments, and intentional networking. A resource to enrich the shelves of every home and library. (suggested reading, viewing, listening) (Collective biography. 9-16)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 3-6

A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers’s inspiring collection of profiles—along with Senator Cory Booker’s stirring foreword—will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for what’s right.

You may only be one person, but you have the power to change the world.

Before they were activists, they were just like you and me. From Frederick Douglass to Malala Yousafzai, Joan of Arc to John Lewis, Susan B. Anthony to Janet Mock—these remarkable figures show us what it means to take a stand and say no to injustice, even when it would be far easier to stay quiet.

Resist profiles men and women who resisted tyranny, fought the odds, and stood up to bullies that threatened to harm their communities. Along with their portraits and most memorable quotes, their stories will inspire you to speak out and rise up—every single day.

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