Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

How Young People Can Change the World

eBook - 2010
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A powerful, inspiring book for any young person who wants to make a difference.

"I just want to know: why do you think that people treat each other the way that they do? Is there something that happened to you that made you want to help people? And, finally, what, if anything, do you think one kid can do to make a difference?"

Responding to the searching questions of a thoughtful thirteen-year-old, more than twenty-five influential, inspiring figures - including Canadians Roméo Dallaire, Robert Munsch, Marc Garneau, Lynn Johnston, Rick Hansen, and many others - have shared their wisdom, their experience, and their convictions about how to counter suffering, cruelty, and darkness. Eric Walters also profiles five amazing young people who have already found ways to help. They have raised money and awareness for causes such as cancer research, homelessness, the plight of AIDS orphans, and global humanitarian crises. Their stories show us that people of any age can create meaningful and important change - they just need to make the decision to start.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday Canada,, 2010
ISBN: 9780385673419
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Nov 22, 2012

Eric Walters is a superstar in the children's/YA world of reading. He is also a voice for activism and advocacy, given his tendency to write books about highly topical subjects.

This book is broken into to two parts. The first, and largest, are responses by well known people to a students letter about how to fight against the nastiness that is in the world around us. Some of these are full of the platitudes adults give children. The second part features profiles of children who changed the world through their activism and actions.

It is in this second part that the book shines as it gives children role models to look up, including practical suggestions on how they too can change the world.

member_bookclub Apr 21, 2011

it was fine, but some parts were way repeatitive and boring.

HellsDaughter Mar 31, 2011

OK, but it dragged on. It needed more than two letters.

nikki16 Mar 21, 2011

i didnt really like the book it was to long and boring because of all the letters from people i was happy when i finshed

emilyV254 Mar 03, 2011

I found that this book had a lot of truth to it. It's kind of cool because at the age I am now... I am learning more about what is happening in the world and I ask people... why? I want to make a difference and show those people that they are doing so many things wrong! I want to teach them what is right!

Shhobe97 Mar 01, 2011

I liked all the biographies of kids who make change and the answers to the letter from adults. I thought it was very inspirational

bookreader_98 Feb 22, 2011

I did not like this book what so ever. The first part of the book was REALLY BORING all I did was read the quotes in the first part. The second part was better and explained how some big charities were created.

Nessy5 Feb 09, 2011

I hated this book!! it was was just plain boring and way too repetitive. The only parts i kind of liked were the quotes on the sides and the second part of the book.

OMGV Feb 08, 2011

I absolutley hated this book! It was agonizing! I don't recommend it.

Apr 26, 2009

Unfortunately boring. Some of Eric Walters poor work. But was nice of him to edited this and give credit to these people. Most bigraphys and stuff that the people and other people wrote about themselves.

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