Imaginary Borders (Pocket Change Collective) by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

91hw2fR9XBL._AC_UY218_Imaginary Borders (Pocket Change Collective) by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. Penguin Workshop, 2020. 9780593094136

Format: Paperback,

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This tiny book is a part of a new series of short books by young adult activists in different disciplines explaining how they merged their study with social change. Martinez is a climate activist and hip-hop artist who has merged his passions. He feels that art can “build a bridge” between many demographics on the subject of the environment – that “music’s power to bring us together and humanize our stories” can unite old and young, rich and poor, scientist and lay person. He draws on his native Mexican ancestry for his view that we should co-exist with the nature around us. His essay is impassioned and urgent. Endorsements by Bill McKibben and Van Jones on the back cover will spur high school students to pick the book up as motivation to channel their environmental aspirations into action.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For environmental activist teens who like reading about real life people who merge art with activism.

Who should buy this book? Although I think this is a meaningful read for high school students, I don’t know if its diminutive size would cause it to get lost on library shelves. It would make a lovely gift for a college bound arts student.

Where would you shelve it?  Because of its size, it may best be shelved in guidance counselor/career sections.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: June 21, 2020

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