Human rights and social justice in books for kids and teens

 Read reviewThe Journey

The Journey

Francesca Sanna

With haunting echoes of current affairs this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book...

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Nujeen: One Girl's Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-Torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen Mustafa, Christina Lamb

An inspiring tale of modern migration, overcoming adversity and escaping the hell of war, from a girl struggling to walk for the very first time in her life.

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Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom

Amnesty International

A varied and thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems for teens with a conscience, with striking cover illustrations by award-winning children's laureate Chris Riddell

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Sister Heart

Sister Heart

Sally Morgan

A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships.

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I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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The Bone Sparrow

The Bone Sparrow

Zana Fraillon

Subhi's imagination is as big as the ocean and wide as the sky, but his world is much smaller: he's spent his whole life in an immigration detention centre. The Bone Sparrow is a powerful, heartbreaking, sometimes funny...

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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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 Read reviewWhen Michael Met Mina

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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Refuge

Refuge

Anne Booth, Sam Usher

The Christmas story and what follows: the fleeing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph from Herod'ssoldiers to Egypt. This is a book with timeless crossover appeal and a message that couldn't be more relevant.

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Hana'S Suitcase Anniversary Edition: A True Story

Hana’S Suitcase Anniversary Edition: A True Story

Karen Levine

In March 2000, a suitcase arrived at a children's Holocaust education centre in Tokyo. It belonged to an orphan girl called Hana Brady. Everyone was desperate to discover the story of Hana. Who was she? What had happened to her?

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 Read reviewDreams of Freedom

Dreams of Freedom

Amnesty International

This inspirational book, following We Are All Born Free, contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of Freedom, from the freedom to have an education to the freedom not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home...

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This Is Our House

This Is Our House

Michael Rosen, Bob Graham

A gentle tale for pre-schoolers, introducing the concept of sharing in the playground from multi award winning author and poet Michael Rosen.

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr

Sadako Sasaki was two when an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Ten years later, she had leukaemia as a result of radiation from the bomb. Sadako's letters were collected by her classmates. This book is the result of the...

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Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, Anita Roy

A collection of sci-fi and fantasy writing, including six graphic stories, showcasing twenty stellar writers and artists from India and Australia: Isobelle Carmody, Kate Constable, Penni Russon, Margo Lanagan, Mandy Ord, to...

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 Read reviewThe River and the Book

The River and the Book

Alison Croggon (Author), Katie Harnett (Illustrator)

From the internationally bestselling author of The Books of Pellinor comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigenous people by the First World.

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 Read reviewFreedom Ride

Freedom Ride

Sue Lawson (Author)

Robbie knows bad things happen in Walgaree. But it's nothing to do with him. That's just the way the Aborigines have always been treated. In the summer of 1965 racial tensions in the town are at boiling point, and something headed...

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Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are

Mem Fox, Leslie Staub

Every day all over Australia, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same or speak the same language but inside, they are just like you. This story weaves its way across...

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