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Grade 5-10-- A companion to the author's well-received Kid's Guide to Social Action (Free Spirit, 1991). Lewis relates the stories of 18 young people who responded resourcefully and heroically to what they perceived as crisis situations. One died after saving his friend from drowning; another kept fighting to cleanse the environment while being treated for a fatal brain tumor. Other subjects include an ex-addict and runaway who counsels younger children against drugs and violence, and a girl who testified against her sexually abusive babysitter. A hearing-disabled youth reaches out to help others, and a boy gives his prized Nikes to a shoeless stranger on a cold night. Another chapter describes the efforts of a boy who defeated the plans of a developer to build on a wetland. The book is divided into four topics: crime, social action, heroism, and the environment. The young people here are of varied ethnic and economic backgrounds and live in many parts of the country. There is some condescension in the author's tone, which seems to be at odds with what is intended to be a serious work addressed to young people concerned about their world and its future. Also, the chapter structure is repetitive. However, the book is sure to provoke thought and discussion. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (July 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915793393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915793396
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara A. Lewis is a national award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. Her students at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President's Environmental Youth Awards, the Arbor Day Award, the Renew America Award, and Pledge and a Promise Environmental Award. They have also been recognized in the Congressional Record three times.

Barbara has been featured in/on many national newspapers, magazines, and news programs, including Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, CBS This Morning, CBS World News, and CNN. She has also written many articles and short stories for national magazines. Her books for Free Spirit Publishing--"What Do You Stand For? For Kids," "What Do You Stand For? For Teens," "The Kid's Guide to Social Action," "Kids with Courage," "The Kid's Guide to Service Projects," "The Teen Guide to Global Action," and "The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids"--have won Parenting's Reading Magic Award and been named "Best of the Best for Children" by the American Library Association, among other honors.

Barbara has lived in Indiana, New Jersey, Switzerland, Belgium, Utah, and Poland. She and her husband, Larry, currently reside in Park City, Utah. They have four children, five perfect grandchildren, and a forest of shy deer, a bold moose, busy squirrels, and feathered friends.


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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1999
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This is one of the best books for young people I have ever read. It's very inspirational and motivating. You can change your community - or the world! This book empowers young people to dream and act.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt living in New York on July 24, 2006
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I came across this book and really like it. It's always a pleasure for me to read about kids making a difference.

Kids need to be encouraged as much as possible and this book does it for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 2+2 on January 11, 2013
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I am so glad I purchased this book! I bought this book for my 12 year old son. At first glance he moved it to the side a few times, but then I had him start reading it for his nightly required silent reading homework. He was amazed at the stories and didn't want to put it down. Sometimes its hard to make a really good impression on a pre-teen, but this book grabbed his attention and got him thinking:)
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By Kyndle Wilson on March 18, 2014
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I liked this book because it was interesting and had lots of facts. I bought this book for one of my classes in school and read it in two days. It was sad in some parts of it because some of the kids died but they did what they were supposed to do on earth and went to heaven. All together this was a great book.
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By Sabrina Morales on May 10, 2013
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The book "Kids with Couage was heart warming story about a few kids and sad over a few other kids.
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