Book Review: Girl Rising

Girl Rising

Changing the World One Girl at a Time
by Tanya Lee Stone;

Random House Children’s

Wendy Lamb Books
Nonfiction (Adult), Teens & YA

Pub Date 14 Feb 2017 | Archive Date 14 Feb 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of Girl Rising through the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:

This book reminds us that while it is easy for us to notice our own place in this world it is important that we become aware of more than our own place, it’s important that we become aware of the world beyond our little section of the world.

We are reminded of Malala and the way she stood up against the Taliban for destroying the girls school when she was only ten years old.  In October of 2012 the Taliban boarded her school bus and shot her in the head.  We are reminded too that there are thousands of girls like Malala fighting for education, and survival.

This book points out that while educating boys is equally as important as educating girls, there are many places where girls face discrimation simply because they are girls.

We are reminded too that though Slavery is not legal anymore it continues to happen around the Globe.  A sad statistics is that thirty three percent of all victims of slavery are children.

Rani was a victim of darkness when she was eight her parents sold her to a stranger at eight as a servant.  When she was ten years old she was sold again, this time she was forced to work as a prostitute for five long years.

Wendjie lives in Haiti, and is an only child, in 2010 she lost both of her parents in an earthquake.  In Haiti some children are given to work with other people as unpaid servants.

In Southwestern Nepal where the Tharp people live girls and sometimes boys are often forced into bonded labor.

In some parts of the world Child Marriage is a real issue.  In Afghanistan, Egypt and Kenya, and Ethiopia girls are often forced into marriage.

We are reminded too that in over fifty countries free education does not exist, and that in some places girls can be targeted for violence simply for going to school.  Poverty is also an issue for many girls.

I give Girl Rising Five out of five stars.

Happy Reading.

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