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Craig Kielburger: Champion for Children's Rights and Youth Activism

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119193

This inspiring book examines the life and work of Craig Kielburger, co-founder of the worldwide Me to We and Free the Children organizations. An important children’s rights activist, Craig works to empower youth around the world to make a difference in their communities and take action to solve global issues. With his brother, Marc, Craig actively works to stop child labor and promote social involvement across borders—educating, inspiring, and motivating people to make a difference every day.

Robby Novak: Kid President and Promoter of Positivity

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120755

Known as the Kid President, American teenager Robby Novak thinks it’s cool to be kind, and that compassion and curiosity can help change the world. A YouTube sensation and author of two books before he was 12 years old, Robby promotes his belief that everyone matters and has a purpose. Despite his ongoing struggle with a difficult disease that makes his bones brittle, Robby’s mission is to dance the world toward happiness and show people that everyone can be a superhero to somebody.

Yusra Mardini: Refugee Hero and Olympic Swimmer

Kelly Spence (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120793

A competitive swimmer in Syria, Yusra Mardini never let go of her Olympic dream, even when civil war made it too difficult to train in her country. In 2016, she was allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics as part of a special team for refugees. This was only months after making a daring crossing of the Mediterranean Sea in a sinking boat that she helped tow to shore. Dozens of lives were saved on the voyage. Still training, Mardini also acts as a spokesperson and educator for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees.

Zuriel Oduwole: Filmmaker and Campaigner for Girls' Education

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120762

American teenager Zuriel Oduwole tries to live by the quote: “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough.” A filmmaker, public speaker, and writer, Zuriel has interviewed dozens of world leaders and pushed them to promote the education of girls around the world. Founder of the Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up organization, Zuriel teaches citizen filmmaking to kids around the world, speaks out on gender equality at major world forums, and makes world leaders accountable for supporting girls’ education initiatives.

Joshua Wong: Student Activist for Democracy

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427121004

Joshua Wong was born in Hong Kong less than one year before China took back control of the city from the United Kingdom. While the handover was peaceful, Hong Kong’s citizens lost their right to fully democratic elections. Joshua's leadership as an activist came to international attention in 2014, during pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The protest became known as the Umbrella Movement. Although Joshua and his student organization called Scholarism promoted peaceful protest, he was jailed for his participation. Undiscouraged, Joshua continues to advocate for full and free elections in Hong Kong. He has been the subject of a documentary called Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, and has been recognized for his work with many awards including TIME magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Protecting the Environment and Indigenous Rights

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119209

Trailblazing Xiuhtezcatl Martinez speaks and performs around the world to inspire and empower people to protect and preserve the environment. A leader of the youth-led climate change movement and an activist for Indigenous rights, the 15-year-old Aztec change-maker is a commanding example to all youth to get involved in social change. Using the powerful medium of music, Xiuhtezcatl inspires people around the world to be environmental stewards in order to secure a better future for today’s youth.

Making Good Choices

Steffi Cavell-Clarke (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118936

We often make choices based on our values, which are the things that are important to us. Readers will learn that making responsible choices means doing what you think is right. It also means showing respect for others as well as ourselves in the things we choose to do.

Sharing Our Global Community

Steffi Cavell-Clarke (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118950

A person can be part of one or many different communities, or even one big world community. This books explains to young readers that being part of a community allows us to make friendships and work together to solve problems at home, at school, and in our cultures.

Respecting Others

Steffi Cavell-Clarke (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118943

Being respectful means that we behave in a way that shows the people around us that we care about their feelings and rights. Children will learn ways to show respect to others using manners, obeying laws, showing empathy, and having respect for yourself too.

Caring for Earth

Steffi Cavell-Clarke (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120823

All people are part of a global community that has a responsibility to care for planet Earth. This important title introduces environmental stewardship to young readers. Relatable examples show readers how to care for the environment in their own communities, and how even small changes can help address issues in the global community.

A Refugee's Journey from Syria

Helen Mason (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118813

Five-year-old Roj’s home is bombed during the civil war that has been raging in his homeland of Syria. He and his family are forced to flee the country secretly by boat, and they end up in a camp for refugees in Europe. Interspersed with facts about Syria and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. The book looks at the efforts being made around the world to assist the millions of refugees. Readers are encouraged to consider how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world.

A Refugee's Journey from The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118790

Eight-year-old Etienne and his family live in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Kidnapped by a rebel army and forced to be a child soldier, Etienne finally escapes and is sent to a camp for freed child soldiers. He is reunited with his family who then flee the country, arriving as refugees in Canada. Interspersed with facts about the DRC and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the experiences of child soldiers and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From South Sudan

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119735

Ataui and her family live in South Sudan. They have never known what safety feels like. When she and two siblings leave their home, they don’t know that they will never return. After spending many years in a refugee camp, Ataui arrives as a refugee in Canada, where she faces new challenges. Interspersed with facts about South Sudan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Ukraine

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120731

Miron’s life in Ukraine is happy until a war breaks out in his city, Donetsk. Surrounded by political instability and increasing violence, Miron and his family decide to flee to find safety in a more stable part of Ukraine. But life as an internally displaced person is not stable. He and his family aren’t sure if true safety lies ahead for them. Interspersed with facts about Ukraine and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From Yemen

Heather C. Hudak (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119742

Sahar misses her life in Yemen before the terrible civil war started. When her home is bombed and she loses her baby brother, she and her family make the dangerous boat journey to a refugee camp. Sahar and her family end up journeying to Canada as refugees, where they adjust to a very different life. Interspersed with facts about Yemen and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Bhutan

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120687

After 9 years in a refugee camp in Nepal, Amita remembers very little of her homeland, Bhutan. At two years old, she was forced to flee her country when her family was targeted because of their Nepalese heritage. When the camp becomes an unsafe place for Amita and her family to live, they make the difficult decision to seek a permanent home in a new country. Interspersed with facts about Bhutan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From Colombia

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119698

Andres dreams about peace in his homeland of Colombia, where fighting has been going on for more than 50 years. When rebel groups threaten his family, they flee their home to find safety in the neighboring country of Ecuador—where they face an uncertain future. Interspersed with facts about Colombia and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the decades of conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Afghanistan

Helen Mason (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118783

Sonita was born in a refugee camp in Pakistan after her family fled Afghanistan during the war in the early 2000s. Unwelcome in Pakistan, her family returns to Afghanistan, where Sonita and her family face new challenges. Interspersed with facts about Afghanistan and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the decades of conflict in Afghanistan and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from El Salvador

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120694

Benito’s childhood in El Salvador is disrupted when gang violence comes to his community. When gang members begin to recruit his siblings and target the family with violence, Benito’s mother decides that the family will leave the country. Benito’s new life in Mexico is different. He and his family hope to one day return home. Interspersed with facts about El Salvador and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Eritrea

Linda Barghoorn (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120700

Dawit’s future was bleak in his home country of Eritrea, where he would be forced to join the military. Along with a friend, he makes the difficult decision to flee his home and meet with relatives in Europe. After a dangerous journey and months spent in a refugee camp, Dawit faces challenges in his new home—Amsterdam. Interspersed with facts about Eritrea and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From Guatemala

Heather C. Hudak (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119704

Martinez’s life in Guatemala is turned upside down when gangs harm and threaten the people in his neighborhood. He must leave his friends and two dogs behind when he and his family are smuggled to a refugee camp in Mexico, where thousands of families escaping violence hope to find safety. Interspersed with facts about Guatemala and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about gangs there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Iraq

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427118806

Zainab has never known peace in her homeland of Iraq. She and her family flee the country after her father is threatened by one of the many groups fighting against the government. Zainab's life is on hold as her family seeks safety in Jordan and, later, the United States. Interspersed with facts about Iraq and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the ongoing conflict in Iraq and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey From Myanmar

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427119711

Nazir, his father, and older brother live in Myanmar, a country that has experienced many years of violence. As a part of the Rohingya minority group, the family is considered unwelcome in their homeland. Nazir and his father flee by boat to a refugee camp, eventually escaping as refugees to the United States. Interspersed with facts about Myanmar and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Nigeria

Ellen Rodger (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120724

When the violence by militant terrorist group Boko Haram increases in her village in Nigeria, Baseema and her family make the difficult decision to seek refuge in another country. With limited places to go and few people who are able to help, Baseema is unsure of her future. She hopes to find safety in a country where she will be allowed to go to school, and live without constant fear. Interspersed with facts about Nigeria and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.

A Refugee's Journey from Iran

Heather C. Hudak (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427120717

When Iran's government threatens Zahra’s family for speaking out against its actions, they decide to flee Iran and seek safety in Australia. The journey isn’t easy. Many refugees have died on the boat trip across the Indian Ocean. Granted asylum after many months of waiting, Zahra and her family must adjust to a new life. Interspersed with facts about Iran and its people, this narrative tells a story common to many refugees fleeing the country. Readers will learn about the conflict there and how they can help refugees in their communities and around the world who are struggling to find permanent homes.