cover image Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters

Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters

Laurie Ann Thompson. Simon Pulse/Beyond Words, $12.99 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-58270-464-7

“Young people everywhere are rising up and directly creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world—right now.” Bolstered by numerous examples of real-life activism, debut author Thompson outlines ways that children and teens can become involved in their communities. Lists and bullet points offer pointers and direction (starting a “venture journal” to gather ideas is an early suggestion), and profiles of youth-founded organizations and young activists appear throughout, along with musings based on Thompson’s own nonprofit work and experience. From discovering potential causes and passions to creating business plans, soliciting donations, and being aware of legal and financial pitfalls, Thompson offers thorough, encouraging advice for the next generation of activists. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Sept.)