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Book Review -- Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone. Penguin Random House, 2017


In 2013, Tanya Lee Stone saw the documentary film Girl Rising and quickly realized that there was another format in which to tell the stories of the amazing young women around the world who face obstacles to obtain a basic education. And thus, this book was born. Building on the field notes, photographs, and raw footage provided by the filmmakers, Stone brings to life the lives of girls from India, Nepal, Egypt, Cambodia, and other countries where there are approximately sixty-two million girls who are not in school. Organizing the stories around three barriers to education access (modern-day slavery, child marriage, and limited access), Stone, and the stories she tells, puts real faces to the challenges and beautiful successes of amazing young women.

 

The stories told in Girl Rising are full of pain and grief, but the ultimate message of this book is one of hope and courage. The stunning photographs are powerful reminders that there are real people behind the statistics. Stone outlines with basic infographics. She also places a strong emphasis on the arts in the lives of these girls, and she shows how they use dance, drawing, and poetry to convey their messages for the promise of change. The girls' ability to triumph over extreme odds to just go to school provides a sobering reality to many teens; Stone’s focus in the last chapter that covers the solutions anyone can use to change the world, are empowering. Tanya Lee Stone's vision for how the future of our globally connected world can build and support girls through education, is for every reader who cares about making a difference.


By Rachel Wadham, Host of WORLDS AWAITING

 

*Contains truthful representation of real life violence, assault, poverty.

 

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DISCLAIMER:

At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.


Sherlock Holmes


As a young teenager I, like many teens, developed a love of mystery stories. With that love, I also developed a fascination with one of the most endearing literary characters who still has books written about him and films as well, to this day—Sherlock Holmes. There seems to be something fundamentally interesting about a man who can solve mysteries by observing the world around him in such minute detail; it’s a testament to the power of the human brain and how it can be used.


I must say I still love a great Sherlock Holmes story. And, today there is no shortage of fun ones out there, especially for kids. I’d particularly like to recommend the Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andy Lane, beginning with the book titled Death Cloud. This series follows a teenaged Holmes as he begins his career as a detective and hones his deductive powers. Lane’s view of Holmes adds a whole new layer to the Sherlockian lore by telling us just what he was like as a kid. I also appreciate that Lane adds in some great historical detail and even some real life events when Holmes faces down the likes of John Wilkes Booth. 


While Lane’s stories take a more classic look at Holmes, one of my other Holmes recommendations takes a more nontraditional look. Nancy Springer gives us a female Holmes with the much younger sister of Sherlock named Enola. Enola has the same deductive prowess as her older brother and she uses it to solve complex and engaging mysteries. Stories like Springer’s extend a classic that we love into new territory. It’s exciting for readers because there is some familiarity there. But in the end, we are able to see things in such a new way. 


When I was a girl I couldn’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. So, I can tell you, that if Springer’s books had been available when I was a girl, I would have been very excited to read about someone like me who could do exactly what I could do. There is no doubt that I would have loved having Sherlock’s AND Enola’s stories to sneak under my covers at night. So, if you and the readers you love are looking for a great mystery, you might want to take this recommendation from Rachel at Worlds Awaiting and check out how authors are reimagining the classics for today’s readers.

 

By Rachel Wadham, Host of WORLDS AWAITING


Death Cloud by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2010.

 

Red Fire (US title) Red Leech (UK title) by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2010.

 

Black Ice by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2011.

 

Fire Storm by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2011.

 

Snake Bite by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2012.

 

Knife Edge by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2013.

 

Stone Cold by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2014.

 

Night Break by Andrew Lane. Macmillan, 2015.

 

The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2006.

 

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2007.

 

The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2008.

 

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2008.

 

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2009.

 

The Case of the Gypsy Good-Bye by Nancy Springer. Penguin Philomel, 2010.

 

DISCLAIMER:

At Worlds Awaiting we discuss a wide range of information aimed at supporting adults who want to build literacy skills in their children.   We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to children’s development, so the information we provide is intended to reach a wide audience. The books and other resources we recommend will also naturally cover a wide range of interests and subject matter that addresses a range of maturity, reading, and comprehension levels.  Since no one understands a child’s needs better than their caretakers, we encourage families to critically select the books and resources that meet their own individual needs and standards.