A lively and inspiring road map for teens who want to fight injustice and change the world.




A guide offers advice to young people on turning their anger into activism.

Donald Trump’s election triggered a political awakening for many Americans, note Spathis (The Backyardigans, 2007, etc.) and debut author Kennedy, particularly for teens who “came of age with eloquence at the helm” in the form of Barack Obama. They are now facing adulthood with a very different man in the Oval Office. In their book, the authors aim to show this generation how to channel its despair and outrage over the current political situation into meaningful, real-world change. In bite-size lessons perfect for those raised on status updates, they share tips on approaching elected officials, writing letters to the editor, starting petitions, and fundraising. There are also sections on the dangers of cultural appropriation, the importance of being an ally, and ways to stay motivated “when you feel your flame of activism and positivity starting to flicker.” In addition, the authors outline how to raise awareness and “live your values,” whether that’s means helping to get out the vote, donating time or money, supporting businesses that share your ideals, or being a green consumer. The tone is friendly and approachable throughout, with the air of an informed older sibling, even if the overviews of complicated issues like economic injustice and health care are too brief to get to the meat of the topics. But the authors, who are several decades older than their target audience, occasionally seem out of touch. The suggestion that readers start a printed zine seems rooted in a different era, and the section on fundraising only briefly mentions crowdfunding. But they are wise to remind readers that, though tweets and shared Facebook posts have their place, they need to take their activism offline at some point. As the title suggests, the book is squarely aimed at those to the left of the political spectrum. Expect pointed criticism of the current commander in chief (he’s a “maniacal, anti-women scumbag of a president”) and a strong stance on issues like immigration and Black Lives Matter. Those with more moderate politics will find less on offer here. 

A lively and inspiring road map for teens who want to fight injustice and change the world.

Pub Date: Oct. 24, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9994464-0-9

Page Count: 192

Publisher: so's your face press

Review Posted Online: March 21, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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