cover image Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

Erinne Paisley. Orca, $14.95 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-1-4598-1303-8

In the first book in the PopActivism series, first-time author Paisley highlights the power of the internet as a tool for activism. In 2015, when Paisley was a high school senior in British Columbia, she created her prom dress from old homework assignments, donating the money she would have spent on one to the Malala Fund; her story went viral. Over eight chapters dotted with photos and inspirational quotes, Paisley highlights activists making the most of digital tools and celebrity, including rapper Sofia Ashraf, who uses her music to speak out against pollution; vlogger Zoella, who raises mental health awareness; and Miley Cyrus, who has promoted a variety of causes. Striking a casual but persuasive tone, Paisley demonstrates that fighting for one’s beliefs can be fun, creative, and effective—especially when social media is involved. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)