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Grade 6–9—Rajan first began raising funds for charity at age four by selling clementines for earthquake victims in India. As a child and as a teenager, he has been raising money for charities in Southeast Asia, Haiti, and Africa. In 2005, he was named UNICEF Canada's Child Representative. In the first part of the book, Rajan shares his experiences in charity work as well as tips for raising money. While his intentions are honorable, his advice is sometimes unclear. When contacting CEOs for corporate sponsorships, amateur fund-raisers will need a little more coaching than "just go for it." Part two outlines Rajan's eight principles for maximizing personal potential. Each chapter concludes with blank workbooklike pages. The worksheets are simplified and may do little to engage teens who are not self-motivated. Black-and-white photos appear throughout. Clearly, Rajan is an exceptional teen and has much to offer the world. However, this book does little to enhance his efforts. Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (S & S, 1998) is still the landmark for inspiring young adults.—Richelle Roth, Wilmington Public Library, OH
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"[Bilaal] is humble, smart, hardworking, respectful and an example both to adults and children alike... although the book focuses on guiding youth in their fundraising efforts, adults could also learn much." (CM Magazine 2008-09-01)

"With the ideas and advice [Bilaal] gives, almost any child could have similar achievements for a worthwhile cause - as long as it is one the child truly cares about." (Hi-Rise 2008-10-01)

"This young Canadian is supremely committed to causes of world hunger and environment and to achieving all that he can be." (Resource Links 2008-12-01)

"Clearly, Rajan is an exceptional teen and has much to offer the world." (School Library Journal 2009-02-01)

"Part personal odyssey and part motivational guide,...this book's strength is its realistic approach to charitable work." (VOYA 2009-04-01)

"Fundraising Bilaal's way is a creative and organized endeavour that will enable groups to promote team building and school spirit, all while making a positive difference to the lives of others. This book would be a valuable resource in any school library. Recommended." (The Bookmark (BCTLA) 2009-02-01)

"Remarkable and encouraging." (Light of Consciousness magazine 2010-03-01)

"Fundraising can be fun!? Any doubts young people might have about starting small and thinking big are set aside in this book by UNICEF Canada Child representative...The book reads as a motivational testament, with enough how-to help students embarking on service projects of their own. It could be useful in upper elementary, middle and high school business and social service units." (Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media 2010-01-01)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers; First edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554690013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554690015
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,087,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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