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I can change the world
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 72
Themes: social justice, women's rights
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 11/Oct/2014
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From the author of Every Day is Malala Day. Because I am a Girl is a global initiative from Plan International to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty. Plan helped the UN declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" to recognize and advocate for girls’ rights globally. This book illustrates the Because I am Girl call to change by telling stories of girls around the world. They begin by telling us “Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done” and “I am the Poorest of the Poor.” But it ends with the inspiring section “Because I am a Girl, I can change the world.” Each part begins with one real girl’s story, illustrated with Plan’s amazing photographs.

CM Magazine
"The juxtaposition of personal accounts with facts and statistics is an effective tool, not only because readers can see that the stories, though written by individuals, are actually the stories of countless other girls, but also that much is being done to alleviate the problems, dangers and barriers that girls and young women face...Vibrant, full-colour photographs depict the girls in their home environments and communities, further adding to the reader’s understanding. At times heartbreaking, but, ultimately, hopeful, this book is well suited to middle school readers."
"This is more than a book—it is a global initiative designed to advocate for the rights of girls...In spite of stories of hardship, the tone—as well as the plentiful photos of smiling girls—remains positive and hopeful, emphasizing action against injustice and inequality. This encourages everyone to be a voice for young people who do not have access to education, social mobility, and equal rights."


ALA Amelia Bloomer List  | 2014 | Short-listed
Green Earth Book Award nominee  | 2015 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2015 | Commended

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