We’re in This Together: A Young Readers Edition of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

Salaam Reads. Nov. 2022. 240p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534439290.
Gr 5 Up–Sarsour is a Palestinian Muslim American political activist whose entire life has helped shape her into the person she is today. The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she grew up in Brooklyn, the oldest of seven children. When she was four years old, her father opened a bodega in a predominantly Black and Latinx part of Brooklyn and named it after her. It was a gathering place for many immigrants; Sarsour writes, “I learned that even though people may look very different, every human being has very similar wants and needs.” Sarsour continued to relearn that lesson in high school, on the debate team, and in watching the over-policing that went on in her neighborhood. As an adult, Sarsour organized the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Filled with information and insight, this young readers edition of the book We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders will inspire and motivate readers. Material in the back details the 10 most influential protests in America.
VERDICT An excellent read that practically dares readers to take on the tough issues with strength and vigor, this is an outstanding purchase for all libraries.

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