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Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time
     

Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

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by Tanya Lee Stone, Girl Rising
 

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A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I

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A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I Am Malala and anyone who believes that one girl can change the world.

Worldwide, over 62 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities. 

With full-color photos from the film, infographics, and a compelling narrative, Girl Rising will inspire readers of all ages to join together in a growing movement to help change the world.

“A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
Additional Praise for the Film: 
“Delivers . . . tangible hope that the world can be healed in a better future.” —Meryl Streep

Girl Rising stands as a testament to the power of information.” —The Los Angeles Times

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/02/2017
Stone (Courage Has No Color) delivers a frank, hard-hitting exploration of why some 62 million girls worldwide don’t attend school, collaborating with the team behind the 2013 documentary Girl Rising, which spurred a global campaign devoted to creating educational opportunities for girls. As Stone discusses modern-day child slavery, child marriage, gender bias, and lack of access to schooling, profiles and photographs of the girls featured in the Girl Rising film mix with the stories of other girls from Cambodia, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and elsewhere. The result is a vivid, heartrending portrait of resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles; a closing section details ways readers can take action. Ages 14–up. Agent: (for Stone), Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio; (for Girl Rising), Scott Waxman, Waxman Leavell Literary. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
12/01/2016
Gr 8 Up—This visually stunning companion piece to the 2013 film of the same name seeks to explain why 62 million girls worldwide do not go to school. Taking from the film the stories of nine girls who overcame the odds against them to achieve at least some degree of education, the book provides a more in-depth explanation of the barriers girls face and also many accounts that were not included in the final cut. This volume is also a call to arms, detailing not just why girls are prevented from going to school but also why it is critically important to their countries and the global economy that they be allowed to do so. The tone is persuasive, and a concluding section spotlights a number of activist success stories while also laying out ways in which readers can help. The appeal is primarily to the heartstrings. Much of the information is anecdotal, and gorgeous color photographs of the girls radiating determination and hope dominate almost every spread. Impressive back matter adds further heft, including an informative author's note explaining how Stone verified and supplemented the research of the film crews, an extensive bibliography, and complete source notes. Unfortunately, an oversimplification that implies global poverty stems from overpopulation ("There are more than twenty million victims of slavery today… Why? For one thing, there are more of us living on the planet than ever before") mars what is otherwise an exceptionally strong package. VERDICT This well-organized emotional plea would be a welcome addition in high schools with a community service or human rights focus.—Eileen Makoff, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-11-23
Although unfortunate circumstances in developing countries prevent girls from getting educations, nevertheless they remain resilient. Sibert Medalist Stone begins by explaining how the documentary Girl Rising inspired a book that further amplifies and explores the heartbreaking and inspiring stories of girls around the globe who are advocating for access to and freedom of education. Collected from over 45 hours of raw video interview footage, direct quotes from women and girls unveil a distressing web of hardships for girls as young as 5 and the unjust factors that prevent them from bettering their lives: poverty, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, child marriage, and, perhaps the most prevalent, gender discrimination. Around the world, the book zooms in on the struggles of girls from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nepal, Peru, Sierra Leone, among other countries. Both portraits and documentary-style photographs are numerous, and infographic designs will appeal to younger readers. Stone's passionate, deliberate, and compelling narrative explores the culture of gender discrimination and induces a sense of urgency for a solution. The recounted interviews offer insight, candor, and emotion, sparing readers little.A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read. (author's note, appendix, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)
From the Publisher
"A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read. "— Kirkus, starred review

"Much more than a companion volume to the 2013 semidocumentary of the same title... this vibrant book stands on its own as a source of inspiration."— Booklist, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553511468
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/14/2017
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
101,002
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Tanya Lee Stone has received many awards and honors for her books, including an NAACP Image Award for Courage Has No Color, a Robert F. Sibert Medal for Almost Astronauts, and a Golden Kite Award for The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie. Her articles and reviews have appeared in School Library Journal, the Horn Book Magazine, and the New York Times. She is best known for her passion for telling little-known or unknown true stories of people who have been missing from our histories. Stone went to Oberlin College and now teaches writing at Champlain College. You can find her online at tanyastone.com, on facebook.com/tanyastone, and on Twitter at @TanyaLeeStone.

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Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pooled_ink 8 days ago
pooled ink Reviews: insightful, inspiring, igniting | Girl Rising GIRL RISING takes a powerful film and puts together a book full of insight into the world of women’s rights, particularly with regards to education, around the world. It packs an emotional punch backed up by true stories, hard facts, and an unyielding current of hope. Absolutely inspirational this book is a must-read for every person looking towards the future with an open heart and a dream to help the female revolution reach every corner of the earth. Read my full review on my Wordpress blog: pooled ink