How To Become an Accidental Activist

Orca. Apr. 2021. 128p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781459826113.
Gr 5-8–This collection spotlights a variety of activists from around the world, including high-profile figures such as Greta Thunberg and lesser-known individuals such as Pushpa Basnet, a Nepali social worker who advocates and cares for the children of imprisoned women in Nepal. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of activism, from finding one’s passion to being flexible. Brief profiles of those who are working on initiatives such as climate change and human rights provide basic information about the individuals or groups, their work, and their motivations. Although a few historical activists are covered, the majority of the movements described are still in progress. This book details the endeavors of young people and incorporates information about events as recent as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Boldface words and phrases are interwoven throughout. Colorful sidebars highlight quotations and explanations that support the narrative, and large, clear photographs appear on each spread. Chapters start with a whimsical digital collage illustration. Back matter includes a glossary, a list of resources, and an index.
VERDICT This volume will inspire readers to conduct further investigation into the movements that excite them, and they might be spurred to stand up and make their voices heard.

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