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It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Facts, stats best for kids interested in global issues.

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Chelsea Clinton's ambitious first book aims to inspire, but beneath its brightly confetti-ed cover is a textbook-like volume stuffed with statistics and dense writing. That's a bit of a shame, because It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! has a lot of good stuff to share. Clinton carefully explains complex ideas about poverty, economics, climate change, and more. She shares countless examples of how small actions can yield huge benefits, showcasing children who've turned ideas into meaningful change.

But the book doesn't scream "kid-friendly." Black-and-white photos are small and muddy. Maps and charts are poorly explained in almost illegibly small print. Key information about websites is buried in long blocks of text. Clinton writes with academic stiffness, and her attempts to relate to kids feel awkward. Kids who already have a passion for social justice and global concerns will be energized, but others may find their patience tested.

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