Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will
love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in
their community and the United States.
Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a
transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls’ team. From Viridiana Sanchez
Santos’s quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach
Wahls’s moving declaration that his two moms and he were a family like any
other, No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know
how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists.
Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s
life and how readers can get involved. So don’t get too comfortable sitting in
The mic is hot, and you’re up next.
Kirkus STARRED review:
"Never too soon to start stirring things up..."
Tributes in prose and
poetry to children and teens of today who have spoken out to support a cause or
Budding activists in
search of child role models beyond the high-profile likes of Malala Yousafzai
and Greta Thunberg may well draw inspiration from this less-intimidating—but no
less brave and worthy—lineup. For each, a poem by one of 14 poets and a
laudatory paragraph flank an engaging, soft-focus portrait by Bradley that
digitally emulates chalk and pastels on a textured brown background. “Each
activist,” write the editors, “inspired a poet who relates to an aspect of the
activist’s identity.” New Yorker Charles Waters, for instance, gives a shoutout
to 6-year-old Samirah “DJ Annie Red” Horton, “proudly / representing the
People’s Republic of Brooklyn” with her anti-bullying rap; Zach Wahls, founder
of Scouts for Equality, poses with his two moms next to a triolet from Lesléa
Newman. Other contributors, including Carole Boston Weatherford, Janet Wong,
and Joseph Bruchac, honor young people making good trouble in areas of
contention as varied as climate change, gender identity, immigration law, safe
drinking water, and gun violence. The contributors are as diverse of identity
as their young subjects, and as a sidelight the poems are cast in a variety of
identified forms from free verse to reverso, cinquain, and tanka.
Never too soon to
start stirring things up: “We may be small / but / we / can / ROAR!”
(contributor bios, notes on poetic forms.) (Informational picture
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