|We are power : how nonviolent activism changes the world|
Author: Hasak-Lowy, Todd
An inspiring look at nonviolent activism, from Gandhi to the high school students of Parkland, showing how nonviolent movements have succeeded again and again.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 8.60
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 510516
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/20)
School Library Journal (+) (02/01/20)
Booklist (+) (02/01/20)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/20)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Gr 6 Up—Hasak-Lowy profiles six past and present leaders of nonviolent resistance from Gandhi to Greta Thunberg. Gandhi's methods of protest (disobeying the law, being arrested, marching with groups of followers along historical routes) proved to be so effective that other leaders modeled their tactics on his techniques. The book focuses on activists of the 20th century: Alice Paul went on a hunger strike in prison to advocate for women's suffrage, Martin Luther King Jr. and thousands of children went to jail in Birmingham to protest segregation, and Cesar Chavez led a grape boycott that resulted in the United Farm Workers gaining decent pay and working conditions. Photographs provide context. Gandhi is shown dressed in a three-piece suit with trimmed hair when he was a practicing lawyer from 1893 until 1913. Later he's shown barefoot and wearing homemade clothes suitable for the Salt March in 1930. The author describes the suffering inherent in the work of these brave men and women and captures the joy of victory. Readers will learn about others equally important and worthy of mention: Bayard Rustin, James Bevel, and Dolores Huerta. The source notes and bibliography are excellent. VERDICT Highly recommended for its outstanding treatment of the history of social justice. A good resource for student activists.—Patricia Aakre, P.S. 89, New York - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2020 *Starred Review* It is said that history is written by the winners, but as Hasak-Lowy shows in this eminently readable book, the winners aren't whom one might expect. Beginning with a crisp discussion of what nonviolent activism is (and isn't), he goes on to explain how this crucial way to fight back works. The following chapters include profiles of nonviolence leaders and their movements, starting with Gandhi, who served as the modern inspiration for nonviolence as a way of making social change. Hasak-Lowy then looks closely at Alice Paul and women's suffrage, Martin Luther King Jr.'s shaping of the civil rights movement, Cesar Chavez taking up the cause of farm workers' rights, Vaclav Havel's Velvet Revolution, and the very current climate change movement of Greta Thunberg. These examinations are not simply overviews; Hasak-Lowy's writing gives life to both the people and issues involved, taking time to explain historical backgrounds and the ways the lessons from one movement affected future ones. Although more photographs might have boosted appeal, the good-size print gives the book a welcome, open feel. The book concludes with short looks at other important nonviolence movements around the world. A thoughtful and inspiring book. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.