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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation
Contributor(s): Johnson, Maureen (Editor)
ISBN: 1250168368     ISBN-13: 9781250168368
Publisher: Wednesday Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Featuring contributions by such high-profile individuals as Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Javier Muñoz and Rosie O'Donnell as well as many of today's most popular young-adult writers, an all-star collection of essays about activism and hope reveals how today's young people can make a difference in the face of discrimination. Original. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Youth; Political activity; United States.
Political participation; United States.
Dewey: 320.083/0973
LCCN: 2018001590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 7.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 201 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She is also the co-host of Says Who, a political podcast about the aftermath of the 2016 election. She lives in New York City.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

Candor and passion radiate from the 30 voices raised in this trenchant and timely compendium of interviews, essays, reflections, illustrations, and poems. Representing a range of ethnicities, sexual orientations, professional achievements, and—most intriguingly—personalities, the contributors share their own experiences encountering, and countering, various forms of injustice, and encourage readers to speak out and act against the same. The collection encompasses the contemplative (novelist Rebecca Roanhorse writes, "Live authentic to who you are.... Because you being you is the most powerful kind of resistance of all") to the practical (Rock the Vote's president Carolyn DeWitt pinpoints five ways that teens can engage in politics before they turn 18). Profound frustration with the Trump administration stokes the emotional quotient of numerous entries, including that of Javier Muñoz, who played the title role in Hamilton on Broadway. Readers will also hear notes of hope about their generation's power to effect change, expressed eloquently, if conditionally, by author Jason Reynolds: "there's a generational groundswell of young people who together are impenetrable—if all of us are doing our jobs by giving them the necessary legs." This volume takes an assured step in that direction. Ages 12–up. Agent: Kate Testerman, KT Literary. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

Gr 9 Up—In an anthology for young adults discontented with today's political climate and looking to take action, Johnson has pulled together a lineup of authors that are sure to excite teens, from Jason Reynolds to Hamilton actor Javier Muñoz. There are interviews, poems, artwork, sheet music, comics, lists, calls to action, and short stories. The topics are varied as well, each speaking to a different kind of activism. One message is clear: no one is too young to have a voice and to make a difference. Multiple authors call out the current presidential administration and speak to feelings of hopelessness about the 2016 presidential election. The overarching theme of activism and resistance transcend this one election, calling young adults to take action now and make the future different than the past. VERDICT The editor has done an exceptional job calling on different voices to share their wisdom and thoughts on making a difference. A worthy addition to YA collections.—Kat Paiva, Rye Public Library, NH

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.