Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Non-fiction, Social Justice
What did you like about the book? Stories told by specific girls about their lives personalize the difficulties faced by girls around the world simply to obtain an education and improve their lives. In first person accounts, the unimaginable horrors of modern-day slavery and child marriage are recounted. A concluding section on solutions gives examples of what some courageous girls are doing to try to change these conditions and create a better future despite unimaginable obstacles. The book is based on a film of the same name. Plentiful photos supplement the text. An extensive bibliography, source notes, and index are included.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It is difficult to read some of the horrifying stories and to realize that these things actually happen.
To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to libraries that wish to update and expand their human rights and social change offerings. Keep in mind for Women’s History Month displays in March.
Readalikes: I Am Malala
Who should buy this book? Middle school libraries, high school libraries, and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve in 371.82 with books on student activism.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 3/8/17