Kids with Courage: True Stories About Young People Making a Difference

Kids with Courage: True Stories About Young People Making a Difference

by Barbara A. Lewis
     
 

These exciting true stories will inspire teens to believe in themselves and the ability of determined young people to make a difference in the world. As fun to read as fiction, the stories are engaging and accessible—a great way to encourage reluctant readers.

In Kids with Courage, readers meet 18 remarkable kids with the courage to speak out, fight

Overview


These exciting true stories will inspire teens to believe in themselves and the ability of determined young people to make a difference in the world. As fun to read as fiction, the stories are engaging and accessible—a great way to encourage reluctant readers.

In Kids with Courage, readers meet 18 remarkable kids with the courage to speak out, fight back, come to the rescue, and stand up for their beliefs.

•    The student had a loaded gun and a room full of hostages. Police surrounded the school. Then Ruben Ortega got mad...
•    Norvell Smith knew there would be gang members in the audience. But she looked right at them and gave them a piece of her mind...
•    It was the middle of winter, and the woman had no shoes. Frank Daily looked down at his Nikes and made a decision...
•    The house was filled with smoke and flames. And Melinda Clark couldn’t find her little brother...
•    Mr. Smith threatened to kill her mother and brother. But Mercedes Jones spoke out anyway—and a sexual abuser went to jail...
•    Andrew Holleman had practically grown up on the wetlands. He loved its plants, creatures, and gooey mud. Then he heard about the developer’s plan...

National award-winning author Barbara A. Lewis provides the inspiration to empower young people to make a difference in their communities and in the world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

 "Recommended Books for the Reluctant YA Reader," —American Library Association

School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-- A companion to the author's well-received Kid's Guide to Social Action (Free Spirit, 1991). Lewis relates the stories of 18 young people who responded resourcefully and heroically to what they perceived as crisis situations. One died after saving his friend from drowning; another kept fighting to cleanse the environment while being treated for a fatal brain tumor. Other subjects include an ex-addict and runaway who counsels younger children against drugs and violence, and a girl who testified against her sexually abusive babysitter. A hearing-disabled youth reaches out to help others, and a boy gives his prized Nikes to a shoeless stranger on a cold night. Another chapter describes the efforts of a boy who defeated the plans of a developer to build on a wetland. The book is divided into four topics: crime, social action, heroism, and the environment. The young people here are of varied ethnic and economic backgrounds and live in many parts of the country. There is some condescension in the author's tone, which seems to be at odds with what is intended to be a serious work addressed to young people concerned about their world and its future. Also, the chapter structure is repetitive. However, the book is sure to provoke thought and discussion. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780915793396
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
07/15/1992
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
255,500
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Barbara A. Lewis is a former public school teacher and sought-after speaker. She has received many awards for excellence in writing, teaching, and leading youth in service projects and social action. She and her students were honored for community contributions by President Clinton and have been featured nationally in many magazines and newspapers, in The Congressional Record, and on television. Barbara’s books also include What Do You Stand For? (For Kids and For Teens), The Teen Guide to Global Action, The Kid’s Guide to Social Action, and The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects. She lives in Park City, Utah.

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