Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage To Lead

S. & S./Margaret K. McElderry Bks. Oct. 2019. 256p. adapted by adapted by Ruby Shamir. bibliog. photos. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534451957.
Gr 6-9–This young readers’ edition of Richards’s 2018 book is part biography and part inspiring manual for young activists. Richards tells her life story, from the experience of growing up with Ann Richards as her mom, to her work as a political organizer, to her time as Planned Parenthood president. Richards does not oversimplify the challenges she has faced as a female leader but does take care to define terminology for young readers, including reproductive health and political terms. The author includes questions to readers in the margins of every chapter. These questions relate to her life narrative and invite readers to find similarities with their own experiences while reflecting on how to turn these experiences into activism.
VERDICT The book moves at a good pace with advice to young people framed within the author’s life narrative. A worthy consideration for young adult nonfiction collections.

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