It’s Our World, Too!

Its Our World, Too!: Young People
Who Are Making a Difference

By Phillip Hoose
Foreword by Pete Seeger
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Deserves shelf space in every classroom and library.” –Starred, Publishers Weekly

Available in Paperback
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About the Book
Both a history and a handbook, this highly inspirational and engaging book will help jump-start readers who yearn to take a stand against injustice or otherwise long to make a difference. A dozen-odd case studies profile children and teens of both sexes from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who had the courage to act on their convictions: among them are 12-year-old Norvell Smith, who stood up to gang pressure at her inner-city school; Justin Lebo, who at age 10 began using his allowance to buy and rebuild junker bicycles, and then give them away to needy children; and 15-year-old Joel Rubin, who, in protest of drift net fishing practices, spearheaded a boycott of a major corporation that resulted in “dolphin safe” tuna. Other youths here have taken on city hall, saved wetlands from developers and spoken out against war.

An introductory chapter primes the audience with a succinct overview of young activists in history, from those who served as conductors on the Underground Railroad to the “newsies” of 1899, who took on the newspaper magnates in a fight for fair wages. The final section of the book, fittingly, is a hands-on approach to mounting a personal campaign, with specific advice on such measures as starting a boycott, lobbying government officials and raising funds–and how to do it all with creativity and flair. This absorbing and energizing book deserves shelf space in every classroom and library.


Awards & Accolades
Christopher Award Winner
An ALA Notable Book
New York Public Library “Book for the Teen Age”
Lupine Award Honor Book

“(An) invaluable book….reads with intensity and should convince young readers that they CAN make a difference in the attitudes and policies of their world.” —Booklist (starred review)

“This absorbing and energizing book deserves shelf space in every classroom and library.”  –Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“A clearheaded, good-hearted guide to help young people empower themselves.”
–Gloria Steinem

“Two books in one: first, fourteen fascinating accounts of children working for human rights, the needy, the environment, or world peace . . . Second, a handbook for young activists, with practical suggestions for planning, organizing, publicizing, and raising funds for social action projects.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An invaluable book . . . Reads with intensity and should convince young readers that they can make a difference in the attitudes and policies of their world.” –Boxed, Booklist


4 thoughts on “It’s Our World, Too!

  1. Tonight I told the story of Harriet Hanson leading her floor out on strike and a woman came up afterward to tell me how much it meant to her to hear it–her unit at Kaiser is set to go out on strike on September 22, and she gets discouraged sometimes.
    I mix the song “Cotton Mill Girls” in with the story and tonight they were really singing along.

  2. Nancy,

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. It’s a wonderful story, and you’re
    using it in a powerful way. I so admire Harriet Hanson. For readers who
    don’t know the story, it’s about an eleven-year-old girl who in 1836 led
    hundreds of women and girls out of a textile mill in Lowell, MA to strike
    for higher pay and shorter hours. The others had hesitated, but Harriet
    confronted them. “I don’t care what you do,” she said. “I am going to turn
    out whether anyone else does or not.” The fuller story is in my book WE WERE

    Keep up your great work, Nancy. I hope you’ll give us a link so we can keep
    with what you’re doing.

    Phil Hoose

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