The young man witnessed shocking abuse from which most middle-class Western children have been carefully shielded: he met an 8-year-old girl whose job was to recycle bloody syringes without gloves or other protection, children in a factory working with extremely hazardous materials to provide fireworks for a Hindu religious celebration, and children sold for sex on urban streets. On returning to his home in Canada, Kielburger bore witness to what he had seen and asked a simple, devastating question: "If child labour is not acceptable for white, middle-class North American kids, then why is it acceptable for a girl in Thailand or a boy in Brazil?"
Free the Children is now a powerful organization in support of the world's youth, and this book is sure to be a call to further action--certainly for all young people, and perhaps for many adults who have previously felt hopeless about the possibility of ending abusive child labor and poverty. "We simply do not believe that world leaders can create a nuclear bomb and send a man to the moon but cannot feed and protect the world's children," says the author. "We simply do not believe it." --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is an inspiration it shows that it doesn’t matter how young or old you are you can make a difference in the world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zanah
Craig Kielburger has proven that a twelve-year-old with enough passion, commitment and peer support can change viewpoints, government policy and lives of countless children in the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Larry Anderson
I had to read this book for school. Usually I do not enjoy books that I am forced to read but this one was actually pretty well written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emma Fairlie
An excellent book for youth to discover the power of their actions and voice. The book does include anecdotes of child laborers but focuses more on Kielburger's actions.Published 12 months ago by Susan Vines
This was an excellent story of a young boys drive to take on the world for something most people take for granted. Read morePublished 15 months ago by emilyvand
he or she wants to help less fortunate children, or volunteer or work to alleviate a problem, help him or her achieve that goal. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Enid Breakstone
I don't have any books that I am aware of that were written by such a young person to compare it to. Read morePublished 19 months ago by caroly gilchrist
Very inspirational. Dreams and goals that may seem impossible can be reached. Every day I make it a point to meditate on what I am grateful for.Published 23 months ago by Annette Smith
It amazes me to no end how simple and well defined the solution to the most pressing problems is; the political will to change, or the consequences for the lack thereof. Read morePublished 23 months ago by B. Robinson