Someday 12-year-old Olivia wants to open an orphanage for Chinese girls. Tamika, age 15, loves writing hip-hop songs. 17-year-old Valerie was afraid of heights until she decided to face her fears on an Outward Bound trip designed to help students stay in school. These girls, and more than 80 others, appear in a big, attractive volume of photo essays put together by documentary photographer Carolyn Jones in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of America. In stunning color and black-and-white photos, Jones creates illuminating portraits of the girls, but allows them to tell their stories with their own words. "I think we should just reach out to people," says Lauren. Erin says, "I've come this far and I can take anything that comes my way." And pithy Briana says, "Think big." The girls articulately and passionately speak their minds about volunteer work, family illness, racism, sports, education, homelessness, divorce, and their own remarkable accomplishments. Readers of all ages--male and female--will be inspired and heartened by this handsome celebration of the women of tomorrow. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
A collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA, Every Girl Tells a Story: A Celebration of Girls Speaking Their Minds by photographer and documentary filmmaker Carolyn Jones, captures the voices and faces of 96 girls (some Girl Scouts, others not) aged 13-18 in full-color and b&w photographs to create one striking volume. They discuss their inspirations and their ambitions in their own words, from dreams of opening a women's clinic in Iran to becoming a U.S. senator. First Lady Laura Bush provides the foreword.
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