Click to order now!Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change
Inspire kids and teens to personal, community, and social action with this book of thirty true stories of young people overcoming adversity to achieve great things and make a difference around the world. Compelling, funny, inspiring, and poignant, the book features kids and teens who used their heads, their hearts, their character, their courage, and sometimes their stubbornness to help others and do amazing things. Inside you’ll find examples of youth volunteering, kids making a difference, and young people initiating community and social action to change their world.
What makes these kids so special?
Eleven-year-old Tilly saved the lives of 100 people in Thailand because she knew the warning signs of a tsunami. Ten-year-old Jean-Dominic won a battle against pesticides—and the cancer they caused in his body. Fifteen-year-old Malika fought against segregation in her Alabama town. Six-year-old Ryan raised over one million dollars to drill water wells in Africa. And thirteen-year-old Bethany, a competitive surfer, lost her left arm (and almost her life) to a shark, but got back on her surfboard. In all, Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change profiles 30 multicultural kid heroes in five areas:
- Kids Saving the Environment
- Kids Standing Up for Themselves
- Kids Helping Others
- Kids Overcoming Challenges
- Kids Using Talents and Creativity
As young readers meet these boys and girls from around the globe, they may wonder, “What kind of hero lives inside of me?” Teachers, use this engaging resource for service learning, character education, and social studies.
Reviews are In
“Should be in all libraries!”—Noelle D., army wife and mommy blogger, Jumpin Beans blog
“Reviewer’s Choice.”—Midwest Book Review
“[T]hese true stories of children making significant change in their communities and countries will convince your students that one person can make a difference. The short chapters, which make excellent read alouds, tell of an eight-year-old who walked hundreds of miles to protest rain forest destruction in Mexico, a child with cancer who petitioned to stop the use of pesticides in Canada, and a young Taiwanese girl who fought for workers’ rights.”—Curriculum Connections
“Sit back and enjoy these 30 incredible human interest stories all about children who have faced extraordinary odds and accomplished near miracles.”—Skipping Stones Magazine
“Fabulous! This book is exciting, inspirational, and best of all, completely true!”—T.A. Barron, author of The Hero’s Trail
“A one-of-a-kind book that uses real-life examples to teach young people everywhere that they can make a positive difference.”—Midwest Book Review
Free Spirit Publishing 176 pages, softcover, 5¼” x 7½, ages 9-13, ISBN 978-1-57542-350-0b