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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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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