Blog Tour: You Can Change the World! by Margaret Rooke

Good evening all and welcome to my stop on the RandomThingsTour blog tour for You Can Change the World! by Margaret Rooke with illustrations by Kara McHale.

‘So sometimes you can lose and you can win. And whatever happens, you’ll still know more than you did before.’

Joint Gold Winner of the Moonbeam Multicultural Non-Fiction Award 2019
This inspirational book tells the stories of more than 50 of today’s teenagers who’ve dared to change the world they live in. It’s been written to show other teens they can do the same. Bestselling author Margaret Rooke asks
teens about their experiences of being volunteers, social entrepreneurs and campaigners, online and beyond.
They explain how they have survived in a world often obsessed by celebrity, social media and appearance, by refusing to conform to other’s expectations.
If you want to achieve against the odds and create genuine impact, this book may be the encouragement you need. The interviews cover race, sexuality, violence, grief, neurodiversity, bullying and other issues central to life
today.

This is a bit of a different blog tour for me once again, like my last. This is my first time reading a non fiction book for a very long time and my first time reviewing one. So I’ve decided I won’t be giving this one a star rating.

This is the book I wish that I had when I was a teenager. There are so many wonderful, alarming and empowering tales in this book that it feels like a wake up call that all adults need. There are very real things that teenagers struggle with on a daily basis that we all forget about very quickly once we grow up and get jobs.

The account of Trisha Prabhu and her determination to take a stand against cyber bullying really stuck with me. By using a program coded to prevent someone posting harmful content, Prabhu has made a huge difference. ReThink, the program in question, prompts a window to pop up if the person posting is going to say something nasty and asks them to reconsider, step back and think. This is very powerful tool that has been rolled out to over 5 million people and has led to TED talks, meeting Barack Obama and other wonderful opportunities.

Every single achievement within these pages have been conquered by teenagers. It’s easy to forget how powerful teenagers truly are. A teenage girl invented science fiction don’t forget. One of these teenagers in Margaret Rooke’s book has changed how a major supermarket chain farms eggs. Another is tackling the stigma against periods and is trying to prove that a bodily function is not shameful. Teenagers will save this planet.

I can’t take away from how Rooke has assembled these true accounts into something that feels vital and very relevant. The arrangement of accounts coupled with McHale’s expert illustrations make the text feel accessible without being too simplistic for the subject matter. I think this is the perfect book this Christmas for any teenagers in your life but also for any adults. I think we all need to know what is happening in the lives of teenagers all over the world, and how we can help because this is their world.

I can’t take away from how Rooke has assembled these true accounts into something that feels vital and very relevant. The arrangement of accounts coupled with McHale’s expert illustrations make the text feel accessible without being too simplistic for the subject matter. I think this is the perfect book this Christmas for any teenagers in your life but also for any adults. I think we all need to know what is happening in the lives of teenagers all over the world, and how we can help because this is their world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Margaret is an author and writer with a special interest in listening to people’s memories and getting them down on paper. Her latest book Creative, Successful, Dyslexic includes interviews with Darcey Bussell, David Bailey, Lord Richard Rogers, Zoe Wanamaker and others about their childhoods and beyond. She interviewed countless interesting personalities during her many years of magazine writing and believes everyone has a story to tell. Margaret is especially keen to preserve people’s memories for their children and grandchildren to value and enjoy

Thank you very much to both Anne and Jessica Kingsley Publishers for sneding me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.