Books about activism for teens

Watch Us Rise

Watch Us Rise

Renee Watson, Ellen Hagan

A stirring and unputdownable read about what it means to be a woman today. Perfect for fans of Moxie and The Hate U Give. 

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We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World

Malala Yousafzai

Five years on from the publication of her internationally bestselling memoir, We Are Displaced presents true stories of the refugee experience interwoven with Malala's own story of her displacement.  

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 Read reviewOn the Come Up

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job...

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Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

KaeLyn Rich

A smart, contemporary, stylish and practical handbook for aspiring teen girl activists who are mad as hell about the way the world is going and aren't gonna take it anymore.

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 Read reviewMoxie

Moxie

Jennifer Mathieu

When an unlikely teenager stands up to sexism in her high school she unwittingly starts a feminist revolution that shakes her whole town. It's time to fight like a girl! Perfect for fans of Holly Bourne.

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 Read reviewWelcome to My Country

Welcome to My Country

Laklak Burarrwanga, Family

Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for...

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Say Hello

Say Hello

Carly Findlay

A forthright, honest and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearancedue to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

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Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Sally Nicholls

Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.

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 Read reviewPiglettes

Piglettes

Clementine Beauvais

A wickedly funny and life-affirming coming-of-age roadtrip story - winner of France's biggest prize for teen and YA fiction.

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Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice

Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice

Veronica Chambers, Tracy Turnbull

A perfect tool for young readers as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow, Veronica Chambers's inspiring collection of profiles-along with Senator Cory Booker's stirring foreword-will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for...

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Feminism Is...

Feminism Is…

DK, Gemma Cairney

A lively and accessible book for teens on the history, pioneers, theories, questions, arguments, and daily reality of feminism today. What is feminism? Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, this engaging book...

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Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

Sarah Prager, Zoe More O'Ferrall

This first-ever LGBTQ history book of its kind for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.

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 Read reviewGreen Valentine

Green Valentine

Lili Wilkinson

Astrid Katy Smythe is beautiful, smart and popular. She's a straight - A student and a committed environmental activist. She's basically perfect. Hiro is the opposite of perfect. He's slouchy, rude and resentful. Despite his...

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 Read reviewAtmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Carole Wilkinson (Author)

This burning story of climate change is a new book in the award-winning non-fiction series for teens, The Drum.

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We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of 'Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun', based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name.

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When Michael Met Mina

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Michael has always believed that everything in life is black and white. But that was before he met Mina.

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Yassmin's Story

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there...

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

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The Women's Atlas

The Women’s Atlas

Joni Seager

A groundbreaking book of infographics, this completely updated and redesigned new edition of Joni Seager's award-winning feminist atlas examines the status of women worldwide - the advances they have made and the distances...

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Be the Change

Be the Change

Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle

Discover the tools and encouragement you need to be the change you wish to see with this guidebook filled with creative project ideas.

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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line

#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line

David Hogg, Lauren Hogg

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida.

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The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia

The Little Red Yellow Black Book: An introduction to Indigenous Australia

AIATSIS, Bruce Pascoe

An introduction to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; their history and their cultures. Conveniently pocket-sized, its attractive design, lucid writing and beautiful illustrations provide a wide-ranging but...

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The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls

Jessica Spotswood

In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together

Renee Watson

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.

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I Am Malala

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism

Susan Carland

The Muslim community that is portrayed to the West is a misogynist's playground; within the Muslim community, feminism is often regarded with.....

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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation

How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation

Maureen Johnson, Tim Federle

An all-star collection of essays about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA authors Tim Federle and Maureen Johnson.

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Return to the Country: The Story of Australia's Indigenous Protected Areas

Return to the Country: The Story of Australia’s Indigenous Protected Areas

Australian Geographic

In 75 Indigenous Protected Areas across the nation, traditional owners are managing their land for a better future. Protected areas are defined areas of land or sea, dedicated and managed in order to preserve the long-term...

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You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World

Caroline Paul, Lauren Tamaki

From the author of the New York Times -bestselling The Gutsy Girl comes an inspiring, instructional and fun guide for kid activists containing change-maker tips as well as anecdotes of young activists around the globe and...

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 Read reviewMeet Me at the Intersection

Meet Me at the Intersection

Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina

Meet Me at the Intersection is an anthology of short fiction, memoir and poetry by authors who are First Nations, People of Colour, LGBTIQA+ or living with disability. The focus of the anthology is on Australian life as...

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 Read reviewBecause of You

Because of You

Pip Harry

Meet Tiny and Nola. Two very different girls with two very different stories who are just trying to find a place to belong. A powerful and compelling novel about friendship, love and acceptance.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

Magic can burn, turn tides, light the darkness and bring back the dead. But magic is gone. And only one girl can bring it back.

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Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women

Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women

Kate Schatz, Miriam Klein Stahl

You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc, but have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as...

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

Susan Kuklin

Six teens tell what it is like for them to be members of the transgender community --Dust jacket flap.

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The Nowhere Girls

The Nowhere Girls

Amy Reed

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely...

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Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

Hope Nation: YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration

Rose Brock

Hope is a decision, but it is a hard one to recognize in the face of oppression, belittlement, alienation, and defeat. To help embolden hope, some of today's most influential young adult authors come together in this highly...

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 Read reviewFight Like a Girl

Fight Like a Girl

Clementine Ford

An incendiary debut taking the world by storm, Fight Like A Girl is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon-to-be.        

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Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Rise & Resist: How to Change the World

Clare Press

Takes a wild trip through the new activism sweeping the world. The political march is back in a big way, as communities rally to build movements for environmental and social justice. Crossing the globe, Clare Press meets...

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