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Speeches by young people to empower and inspire
Speak Up! is a joyful celebration of 45 speeches by children and teenagers who have stood up for causes they passionately believe in and challenged adults in power to take note.
This collection is testament to the hopefulness and spirit of the next generation, and the positive belief that we can, and should, act to protect the things we love.
From ground-breaking scientific inventions to pleas for the environment, anti-war speeches to incredible testimony of lived experiences, the speeches collected here demonstrate the profound wisdom of youth and why it is important to speak up and out on what concerns us.
'A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its own lifeline; it is condemned to bleed to death.'
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"A compilation of inspiring speeches from youth around the world whose voices have helped move the needle of progress. Svitak (Yang in Disguise, 2011, etc.) collects and presents speeches by young people who have had a positive impact on society and politics. From human rights to politics, science, technology, environmentalism, and other areas, this book highlights diverse examples of people whose adolescence proved to be an advantage rather than a drawback. Each speech excerpt is preceded by a summary explaining the problems that spurred them to action and innovation and the changes that came about as a result of their impressive and necessary work. Present in each story and speech is the reminder that it is their youthful optimism, hope, and stamina that led to breakthroughs. Svitak's introductions give important context and showcase the magnitude and significance of the pioneering efforts of the youth featured here. The bright, realistic, and vibrant illustrations by Pinheiro (So Here I Am, 2019) capture the upbeat tone of the book and will strongly appeal to readers. Along with well-known names such as Malala Yousafzai, Jazz Jennings, and Greta Thunberg, readers will meet Memory Banda, a Malawian activist working to end child marriage; Indigenous environmental protection advocate Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and many more. Motivating narratives showing the power and necessity of young people as catalysts for change." * Kirkus Reviews * "Greta Thunberg's condemnation of climate crisis apathy and Malala Yousafzai's heartfelt call to keep girls in education are just two of the 45 stirring speeches to feature in this absorbing book. The first-ever collection of speeches made by children and teenagers around the world, it shows that today's young people are a force to be reckoned with."
* The Independent *