Friday, 26 June 2020

ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 26th June 2020: "Generation Brave" by Kate Alexander and Jade Orlando (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

This week's Book of the Week won't be around until October but once again we wanted to make sure we squeezed in coverage before we disappear...

...and wow, what a book! If anything has lit a fire under children's publishing over the last few years, it's the real-life stories of youngsters who are making a stand against the way they see the world changing around them, their world in fact - as Generation Z answers the rallying call to mobilize and get behind some of the biggest issues facing our planet.

From injustice to climate change, from gun control to equal rights, kids are more than ever showing a level of intelligence, bravery and determination to make our world a better place for everyone to live in.

"Generation Brave" is a truly fantastic book, highlighting some of the youngsters who have become synonymous with ecological, sociological and political (but always peaceful) protest as they seek to raise the attention of the world to the plight of our planet and the people who live on it.

Ordinary kids often placed in horrific and extraordinary circumstances feature heavily in the book from the Parkland School Massacre survivors, to Thandiwe Abdullah, strongarming the power of social media and other means to bring their causes to the attention of the world with clear and evocative protest, bravely standing up to adults who quite often seek to subvert or silence these youngsters.

Books like this are so important to kids like my daughter, showing how ordinary kids such as her can make their voices heard and make their points count.

Sum this book up in a sentence: Brilliantly presented and wonderfully illustrated, this is a rallying call for all kids to stand up for what they believe in.

"Generation Brave" by Kate Alexander and Jade Orlando is out on 15th October 2020, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing (kindly supplied as a digital ARC for review).