Brief and thoughtful, this informative introduction to change-makers gives inspiration to future activists.



A global collective biography of 21 individuals, movements, and organizations exemplifying Margaret Mead’s truism that a small group of citizens can change the world.

Double-page profiles introduce various people who used nonviolent protest and resistance to bring about awareness and significant change to such issues as colonial oppression, gender equality, Indigenous rights, racial discrimination, and women’s suffrage. Individuals profiled include Woody Guthrie, Irene Sendler, the anonymous “Tank Man” of Tiananmen Square, Ryan White, and Greta Thunberg. Working thematically, Stanley also pairs Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks for a paired profile and groups Filipino American labor activist Larry Itliong with Dolores Huerta and César Chavez, carefully noting that these high-profile individuals represent many. Organizations and movements include the Hollywood Ten, the “It Gets Better” Project, and March for Our Lives. The variety succeeds in introducing readers to a wide range of civil-disobedience and nonviolent-protest tactics, such as boycotts, legal challenges, marches, music, sit-ins, and walkouts. Opposite each single page of text is a textured illustration rendered in muted colors, using colored pencil and watercolor. Holding his walking stick, Gandhi appears against a route map for the Salt March. A youthful Ruth Bader Ginsburg rolls up her sleeve in a muscle-making pose, speaking the feminist slogan, “We Can Do It!” In an author’s note, Stanley emphasizes the youth of many of these activists and encourages readers to discover their passion.

Brief and thoughtful, this informative introduction to change-makers gives inspiration to future activists. (further reading) (Nonfiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-8234-4487-8

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Neal Porter/Holiday House

Review Posted Online: May 3, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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From the The 50 States series

Find something to do in every state in the U.S.A.!

This guide highlights a location of interest within each of the states, therefore excluding Washington, D.C., and the territories. Trivia about each location is scattered across crisply rendered landscapes that background each state’s double-page spread while diminutive, diverse characters populate the scenes. Befitting the title, one “adventure” is presented per state, such as shrimping in Louisiana’s bayous, snowshoeing in Connecticut, or celebrating the Fourth of July in Boston. While some are stereotypical gimmes (surfing in California), others have the virtue of novelty, at least for this audience, such as viewing the sandhill crane migration in Nebraska. Within this thematic unity, some details go astray, and readers may find themselves searching in vain for animals mentioned. The trivia is plentiful but may be misleading, vague, or incorrect. Information about the Native American peoples of the area is often included, but its brevity—especially regarding sacred locations—means readers are floundering without sufficient context. The same is true for many of the facts that relate directly to expansion and colonialism, such as the unexplained near extinction of bison. Describing the genealogical oral history of South Carolina’s Gullah community as “spin[ning] tales” is equally brusque and offensive. The book tries to do a lot, but it is more style than substance, which may leave readers bored, confused, slightly annoyed—or all three. (This book was reviewed digitally with 12.2-by-20.2-inch double-page spreads viewed at 80% of actual size.)

Go adventuring with a better guide. (tips on local adventuring, index) (Nonfiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-7112-5445-9

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2020

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What makes one person step into danger to help others? A question worthy of discussion, with this title as an admirable...



An extraordinary athlete was also an extraordinary hero.

Gino Bartali grew up in Florence, Italy, loving everything about riding bicycles. After years of studying them and years of endurance training, he won the 1938 Tour de France. His triumph was muted by the outbreak of World War II, during which Mussolini followed Hitler in the establishment of anti-Jewish laws. In the middle years of the conflict, Bartali was enlisted by a cardinal of the Italian church to help Jews by becoming a document courier. His skill as a cyclist and his fame helped him elude capture until 1944. When the war ended, he kept his clandestine efforts private and went on to win another Tour de France in 1948. The author’s afterword explains why his work was unknown. Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum, honored him as a Righteous Among the Nations in 2013. Bartali’s is a life well worth knowing and well worthy of esteem. Fedele’s illustrations in mostly dark hues will appeal to sports fans with their action-oriented scenes. Young readers of World War II stories will gain an understanding from the somber wartime pages.

What makes one person step into danger to help others? A question worthy of discussion, with this title as an admirable springboard. (photograph, select bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-68446-063-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Capstone Editions

Review Posted Online: April 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2019

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