Drawn to Change the World: 16 Youth Climate Activists, 16 Artists

HarperAlley. Sept. 2023. 208p. Tr $22.99. ISBN 9780063084216.
Gr 4-6–Reynolds and an assortment of artists have created something spectacular with this middle grade graphic novel perfect for young activists and those interested in bettering the world. Readers are introduced to 16 different climate activists and their stories, many of which include the spark that first drove them to be who they are. Reynolds does not shy away from the hard parts of the climate activists’ stories; she talks openly about how people did not agree with Greta Thunberg, how President Trudeau has continually broken promises to the First Nations People of Canada (despite Autumn Peltier’s efforts to make change), and even how economic and religious struggles affected Iqbal Badruddin Jamal’s attempts at helping Pakistan with climate change. The images are striking and emotional in places, moving in all the right ways, which perfectly complement the stories being told.
VERDICT While the topics are heavy and the text is a little dense for a traditional graphic novel, this would be a perfect fit as a nonfiction graphic and is a fantastic first purchase.

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