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Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lady Gaga's solid collection spotlights acts of compassion.

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This heartfelt collection of stories, an outgrowth of the Channel Kindness website, aims to promote compassion and positivity in our world, where negativity often gets the limelight. Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness & Community will certainly be enjoyed by Gaga fans, but even non-fans might be charmed by these heartwarming stories. The young people featured are not extraordinary; they are sisters, friends, daughters and sons, students, teachers, and social workers who saw a need and rushed to fill it. And that's the power of this book: Readers are likely to be inspired to do the same.

It's a visually attractive book with a magazine-like layout. Offset columns, ample white space and colorful, geometric backgrounds add depth while photographs personalize the stories. However, the selections are not organized thematically or in any other obvious way, so reading can feel somewhat aimless, and photographs are not captioned, so who is who can be confusing. The writing is generally clear and engaging enough, but this isn't a stay-up-all-night page-turner. On the whole, it's a solid choice for teens in need of an uplifting read.

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