A must-read primer for change.

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON STEREOTYPES

HOW SCIENCE IS TACKLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

Bias, discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes start developing early in the brain; research shows these can change with effort.

Through the lens of scientific research, Kyi examines how brains are wired toward bias, how stereotypes emerge, and the effects on those being stereotyped, especially when it comes to race, gender, and sexual orientation. Taking a global perspective but often pointing to how problems have manifested in the United States, the book highlights the harmful and sometimes lethal ways stereotypes manifest in daily life, policing, and health care. Information is well organized, backed by examples, and, by focusing on the individual experience, refrains from centering whiteness. Offering historical context via such disparate examples as eugenics, Dr. Seuss, and the Rwandan genocide, Kyi illustrates “affective contagion,” emphasizing how leaders play a part in perpetuating stereotypes, and brings into the discussion the powerful role the media have in sustaining or diminishing stereotypes. She identifies the impacts of “stereotype threat,” when an individual is afraid of confirming someone’s stereotypes about them, and gives examples of how those in the position of power can offset it. After noting that an individual must be motivated to see their biases and wish to change, the book ends with concrete actions readers can take to begin rewiring their brains from the stereotypes they’ve internalized.

A must-read primer for change. (further reading, selected resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-16)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5253-0016-5

Page Count: 88

Publisher: Kids Can

Review Posted Online: June 16, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2020

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A powerful resource for young people itching for change.

WOLFPACK (YOUNG READERS EDITION)

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE WILL FIND THEIR VOICE, UNITE THEIR PACK, AND CHANGE THE WORLD

Soccer star and activist Wambach adapts Wolfpack (2019), her New York Times bestseller for adults, for a middle-grade audience.

YOU. ARE. THE. WOLVES.” That rallying cry, each word proudly occupying its own line on the page, neatly sums up the fierce determination Wambach demands of her audience. The original Wolfpack was an adaptation of the viral 2018 commencement speech she gave at Barnard College; in her own words, it was “a directive to unleash [the graduates’] individuality, unite the collective, and change the world.” This new adaption takes the themes of the original and recasts them in kid-friendly terms, the call to action feeling more relevant now than ever. With the exception of the introduction and closing remarks, each short chapter presents a new leadership philosophy, dishing out such timeless advice as “Be grateful and ambitious”; “Make failure your fuel”; “Champion each other”; and “Find your pack.” Chapters utilize “rules” as a framing device. The first page of each presents a generalized “old” and “new” rule pertaining to that chapter’s guiding principle, and each chapter closes with a “Call to the Wolfpack” that sums up those principles in more specific terms. Some parts of the book come across as somewhat quixotic or buzzword-heavy, but Wambach deftly mitigates much of the preachiness with a bluff, congenial tone and refreshing dashes of self-deprecating humor. Personal anecdotes help ground each of the philosophies in applicability, and myriad heavy issues are respectfully, yet simply broached.

A powerful resource for young people itching for change. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-250-76686-1

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020

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A slim volume big on historical information and insight.

COME ON IN, AMERICA

THE UNITED STATES IN WORLD WAR I

A wide-ranging exploration of World War I and how it changed the United States forever.

Students who know anything about history tend to know other wars better—the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam. But it was World War I that changed America and ushered in a new role for the United States as a world political and economic leader. Two million Americans were sent to the war, and in the 19 months of involvement in Europe, 53,000 Americans were killed in battle, part of the staggering total death toll of 10 million, a war of such magnitude that it transformed the governments and economies of every major participant. Osborne’s straightforward text is a clear account of the war itself and various related topics—African-American soldiers, the Woman’s Peace Party, the use of airplanes as weapons for the first time, trench warfare, and the sinking of the Lusitania. Many archival photographs complement the text, as does a map of Europe (though some countries are lost in the gutter). A thorough bibliography includes several works for young readers. A study of World War I offers a context for discussing world events today, so this volume is a good bet for libraries and classrooms—a well-written treatment that can replace dry textbook accounts.

A slim volume big on historical information and insight. (timeline, source notes, credits) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4197-2378-0

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Abrams

Review Posted Online: Dec. 26, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2017

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