A gorgeous, full-color oversized book about educating girls across the world inspired by the documentary that Entertainment Weekly says “every mother, sister, daughter, should see, as well as the men who love and support them.” This is the right book for the present moment and perfect for fans of inspirational nonfiction such as I Am Malala and anyone who believes that one girl can change the world.
Worldwide, over 130 million girls are not in school.
But one girl with courage is a revolution.
Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.
Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.
With full-color photos from the film, infographics, and a compelling narrative, Girl Rising will inspire readers of all ages to join together in a growing movement to help change the world.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year
“A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Additional Praise for the Film:
“Delivers . . . tangible hope that the world can be healed in a better future.” —Meryl Streep
“Girl Rising stands as a testament to the power of information.” —The Los Angeles Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
“Life without an education is like a book with blank pieces of paper.” This fascinatingly personal nonfiction book for young readers (and parents, too) was inspired by the documentary Girl Rising. From Ethiopia to Nepal and Peru, it tells the stories of girls around the world who are denied education, whether due to poverty, prejudice, child marriage, or other difficult circumstances. We were deeply moved by the interviews with brave young women fighting for their right to go to school, as well as by the stunning photos. This is the kind of book that teaches more privileged children empathy and gives them ideas about doing good in the world.
Stone (Courage Has No Color) delivers a frank, hard-hitting exploration of why some 62 million girls worldwide don't attend school, collaborating with the team behind the 2013 documentary Girl Rising, which spurred a global campaign devoted to creating educational opportunities for girls. As Stone discusses modern-day child slavery, child marriage, gender bias, and lack of access to schooling, profiles and photographs of the girls featured in the Girl Rising film mix with the stories of other girls from Cambodia, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and elsewhere. The result is a vivid, heartrending portrait of resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles; a closing section details ways readers can take action. Ages 14 up.