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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582704643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582704647
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Junior Library Guild Selection

Finalist for 2014 Cybils Award

"Teens with an entrepreneurial and charitable bent will find this book a trove." (School Library Journal)

"Teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This book is packed with practical advice and inspiration for anyone who has a yearning to build a better world." (David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World and columnist for the New York Times)

"[Be a Changemaker] is a book that forces readers to not only think realistically but also to think big." (Booklist)

"Socially aware teens are not content to sit idly by and watch the world fail to solve problems. They want to be out there helping and reshaping the world. Savvy librarians will match this book with those teens and get them jumpstarted on their path." (VOYA)

"From discovering potential causes and passions to creating business plans, soliciting donations, and being aware of legal and financial pitfalls, Thompson offers thorough, encouraging advice for the next generation of activists. (Publishers Weekly)

"There’s no time when we most want to change the world than in our youth years. Laurie Ann Thompson speaks clearly to young people who want to make a difference in their surroundings, doing their part to make the world a better place. Thompson explains that no matter how small a good idea may seem, it may be just a tiny seed for something that will grow and affect other people’s lives in a positive way." (Ana Calabresi, Librarian)

About the Author

Laurie Ann Thompson cofounded a successful Internet start-up with her husband during the technology boom. She has volunteered with Youth Venture, an organization that supports teens with big ideas, and she makes time for other volunteer opportunities as they arise. Thompson has more than twenty-five published articles in Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, ParentMap, and more. Visit her at LaurieThompson.com.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny Parker Klostermann on October 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
You may be wondering how one book can offer all this:
- Research ideas
- Build a strong and passionate team
- Create a business plan
- Enlist a savvy adult
- Plan events
- Work with the media
- And more!

Well, Laurie Thompson’s book does. I read it early on and was amazed, not only with the information, but with the way in which Laurie presented it.

When the publisher says, “You’ll find the tools you need right here—”, they mean it. And Laurie Thompson presents the information with a simplicity that isn’t overwhelming.

This book is a book that matters. This is a book that will make a difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tara D. on October 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
I learned so, so much from reading this book, and am absolutely of the amount of research and effort that Laurie Thompson clearly put into creating it!

This book is the perfect mix of nuts-and-bolts advice, profiles of successful teen changemakers, and personal anecdotes. I always felt engaged with the content, and finished every chapter feeling both inspired and enabled.

Any teen (or adult!) who feels the calling to make a difference in the world but isn't sure where to start will find the perfect roadmap in BE A CHANGEMAKER. The world is already a better place for having this book in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MissDonut on October 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
I wish this book existed when I was a teen, but it's also a great resource for anybody who wants to make a difference but isn't sure how to go about it, or where to start. Inspirational, motivating, lots of straightforward advice. I especially loved the changemaker profiles and "In my experience" anecdotes from the author. Highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on October 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
Have you ever seen something you wished were different? Noticed an injustice and wanted to fix it? Wanted to change something at school, in your community or in your world? BE A CHANGEMAKER by Laurie Ann Thompson is an awesome book that provides a step-by-step outline of how to identify and change something --- anything you wish to.

BE A CHANGEMAKER is a mix of personal anecdotes by the author, real world stories of young people making a difference and tangible actions anyone can take to start something that matters. Targeted towards young adults who want to take a stand or make a difference, this book is a perfect starting place for a new venture or a great guide to improve any fledgling movement.

The guide includes useful chapters on where to start, who to include on your team, business planning, money advice, speech ideas, event planning tips and many other important topics. Even if you don’t think you want to start a movement or are just waiting for the right time, this book is still full of great information for first jobs, personal interactions and life in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Maurer on November 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Such a great read. This is the book I have trying to write. She beat me to it and did a much better job than I would have done. What is so great about this book is not the message. Follow your passion is nothing new and often when reading this book I felt like she took a lot of stuff from Angela Maiers. However, what makes this book different is that it provides context in terms of how to actually act on your passion. It provides ideas, tips, reminders, and starting points to get going.

As an adult I took many useful tips to apply to things that I am trying to do as an educator to make change. So even though the book is designed for YA, anyone can benefit. I have many highlights and pages marked to go back to and process, use, and share with students. A really helpful book to read to learn how to get started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria Gianferrari on October 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the go-to book for social entrepreneurism, for changing the world for the better, one step at a time. I was inspired as I read the teen profiles, and brought to tears to see how empowered they were for making changes in their local communities, or communities abroad. Thompson provides an easy to read mix of practical hands-on information for making business plans, marketing, enlisting mentors, budgeting and sustaining one’s venture. I wish this book had been around when I was a teen! And the target audience is ideal: who better to change the world than teens who are powered by their passion, unjaded, confident, full of energy and hope. This is a book for teens, but it’s inspiring for adults too and is the embodiment of the slogan, “think globally, act locally.”
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Lightwalker on September 21, 2014
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Incredible book got it for our daughter, it is a good read and excellent source of motivation
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More About the Author

Laurie Ann Thompson grew up in rural northern Wisconsin. A former software engineer, she now writes for children and young adults to help her readers--and herself--make better sense of the world we live in so they can contribute to making it a better place for all of us. She strives to write nonfiction that gives wings to active imaginations and fiction that taps into our universal human truths. Her books include BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen how-to guide filled with practical advice and plenty of inspiration for beginning social entrepreneurs; EMMANUEL'S DREAM, a picture book biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who changed Ghana's perception of people with disabilities; and MY DOG IS THE BEST, an adorable picture book about the unconditional love that exists between a child and a family pet. Read more about her at lauriethompson.com.

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