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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

30 creative voices inspire teens to shape a better world.

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There's no one right way to engage in democracy, and this passionate collection celebrates the many forms political activism can take -- from being authentic in your relationships to leading a march. How I Resist is an unabashedly liberal bundle of inspiring ideas. Edited by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious), it offers refreshing creative breadth: Javier Muñoz discusses his experience performing in Hamilton, Jason Reynolds talks about how he finds hope, Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet) writes poetically about caring for yourself so you can care for others. Other contributors teens may recognize include Rosie O'Donnell, actor Ali Stroker (Glee), and writers Sabaa Tahir, Jennifer Weiner, and Jodi Picoult.

Conservative readers may struggle to connect with some themes, but there's something for everyone. The mix of to-do lists, academic explorations, music, artwork, personal essays steeped in memory, and advice offers teens diverse ways to explore their political power.

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