|Right now! : real kids speaking up for change|
Author: Paul, Miranda
Introduces readers to eleven young people from around the world who didn't wait until they were grown to speak up about things that matter to them to change the world for the better.
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/21)
School Library Journal (11/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2021 Forget waiting to grow up! This upbeat compilation introduces young activists ranging from Kid President and Greta Thunberg to Jazz Jennings and Malala. Subjects each get their own two-page spread featuring a cheery illustration, highlighted quote, brief (one-paragraph) summary of accomplishments, and personalized passage—sometimes directed to readers, sometimes to the individual advocate. The entry on Jaylen Arnold, an antibullying champion, begins: Jaylen went to school. Like you, like me. The message to Syrian peace activist Bana Alabed starts out: What's it like to run for your life, barefoot, down pitch-black streets that you once laughed and played in? There are 10 individual profiles and a single group spread about young crusaders for animal rights. Back matter includes an author's note, glossary, bibliography, quote sources, and lists of actions that young audiences can take right now to get involved (get educated, volunteer, speak up). These minibiographies pack in a surprising amount of information and work equally well as places to start research and as short, satisfying read-alouds. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 11/01/2021 Gr 1–5—Kids can make a change! That's the theme of this colorful collective biography. Paul profiles 10 contemporary young people who have tried to make a difference. The subjects include Malala Yousafzai, Jazz Jennings, and Greta Thunberg, who have become international celebrities, and Robby Novak, the YouTube sensation. The volume also features kids who are less well known, such as Sophie Cruz, who spoke to Pope Francis about her concerns with immigration, and Jaylen Arnold, who advocates against bullying and in support of kids with disabilities. Each spread shows a warmly illustrated image of the child speaking out and gives a short paragraph about the cause that that child champions. A variety of issues are covered, including homelessness, climate change, animal rights, and gender issues. An extensive glossary includes notes on how readers can speak up for the causes that are important to them. This is a wonderful collection to show young people that they can make a change, no matter how big the issue. The role models introduced here will inspire kids for years to come. VERDICT A well-done compilation of young people who have made a difference, focusing on current social issues.—Debbie Tanner, S. D. Spady Montessori Elem., FL - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.