Be a Changemaker

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Simon Pulse/Beyond Words, 2014 240 pages; ages 12 & up

Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters

by Laurie Ann Thompson

We’ve all had moments when we’ve thought: “someone should do something about that”. But if you want something to change, you might have to be the changemaker. The cool thing: you don’t have to be a president or congressman to be a changemaker. You don’t even have to be “old”.

In Be a Changemaker, Laurie Thompson profiles young people who saw a need and took action. One 12-year old boy, appalled at how children were forced into labor in slave-like conditions, founded a group that became Free the Children. Another kid formed a club at his school that he called Earth Savers, which grew and evolved into Greening Forward, a group that helps kids develop their own Earth Savers clubs.

Thompson writes about kids who’ve created gang-free community centers, raised money to feed the homeless, developed an acting company focused on preventing accidents, and more. In each chapter she also focuses on specific skills needed to bring about change. Want to know how to conduct interviews and surveys? Check out the chapter on researching your ideas. Need advice on how to raise money through donations and grants? Thompson’s got a chapter on that, too. She also includes personal reflections about everything from raising money selling Girl Scout cookies to taking the plunge to become a writer.

Head over to Sally’s Bookshelf today to read an author interview and find out how you can win a copy of Be a Changemaker.

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