Reviews for Do Something! : A Handbook for Young Activists


Kirkus Reviews 2010 September #2
Aimed at civic-minded youth, this hands-on guide to activism may interest kids very new to the concept. Divided into five sections designed to help readers focus and then strengthen their convictions, plan and execute their strategy and finally review and evaluate, this manual includes quizzes, projects, a resource list and sample forms. Letter writing, fundraising, boycotting, awareness campaigns and drives for in-kind goods are among the suggested activities, and the information about how to conduct them is thorough and clear. However, there are some questionable tips, such as the claim that "Web addresses ending with .org, .gov, or .edu usually have the best information" (in actuality, .org domains are just as easily purchased as .coms). In another section on starting a compost pile, readers are encouraged to "Add clean cat litter to absorb smells if your compost starts to stink," though most cat litter is made of clay that doesn't biodegrade. Still, novices may find the step-by-step instruction helpful and appreciate the aggressively upbeat tone. (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 November #3

From the creators of DoSomething.org, this compact spiral-bound handbook urges readers to embrace vital causes, from animal welfare to ending discrimination. Tips for effective organizing include mapping out problems ("break an issue down into smaller pieces so you can understand it better"), asking experts, and distributing surveys. The 32 tangible action plans, from holding a coat drive to writing an article on cyberbullying, offer conscientious readers the opportunity to achieve realistic and gratifying results. Ages 9-12. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 September
Gr 9 Up-Young readers are encouraged to pick a passion and act on it. Suggested causes include poverty, disaster relief, and health. Project ideas, checklists, and advice help teens figure out their areas of interest and strengths; fill-in-the-blanks should not deter purchase. Activism now is the front door to politics (and policy change) later on. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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VOYA Reviews 2011 April
This visually appealing handbook encourages young readers to find meaningful and practical community service projects about which they are passionate. Each chapter details an important step, from targeting an area of interest all the way to learning from the successes of a completed project. The book is designed to be written in, with quizzes and writing prompts scattered throughout. Sidebars with information about what celebrities and kids around the country are doing to make a difference are also included. Thirty-two step-by-step projects are included, along with helpful instructions for creating one from scratch. Resources for further research are included at the back. While the book itself will appeal to teens in general, the Jonas Brothers blurb and the cover photo virtually guarantee that this book will only be checked out by middle schoolers. The wire-o binding and the fact that the book virtually begs to be written in also makes the book a challenge in a circulating collection. Perhaps the best library application for this title is as a reference resource for those who run teen advisory boards. The wealth of step-by-step project ideas will be very helpful in developing community-service plans that are both fun and suitable for teens.--Kristen Anderson 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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