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Publisher's Note:

Empower yourself in today’s highly connected, socially conscious world as you learn how to wield your passions, digital tools, and the principles of social entrepreneurship to affect real change in your schools, communities, and beyond. At age eleven, Jessica Markowitz learned that girls in Rwanda are often not allowed to attend school, and Richards Rwanda took shape. During his sophomore …

Overall Book Review:

Be A Changemaker:  How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson is a terribly affirming book that not only shows you how to change the world in first-class style–it makes you want to actually do it.  Thorough, complete, organized, on-target–pick an adjective, because they all apply in this case.  The format of the book mixes real-life examples, inspirational quotes, step-by-step instructions, advice, author experience, and a few graphics for a young adult friendly how-to book.  By the end, after talking about finances and non-profit status, it might seem a bit over-whelming, if all you want to do is sell cupcakes; however, this book is scale-able, and it can be taken in chunks and sections applied as necessary.  In fact, certain chapters such as “Speeches that Sparkle” have universal application, regardless of one’s philanthropic tendencies.  With a top-notch table of contents and a resource listing at the back of the book, this is a great reference book that can be turned to again and again.  The business and organization principles are universal and can be applied to participation in many causes, projects, and organizations.

Overall, this book says so much positive about the potential of youth and encourages them to not wait until they “grow-up” to change the world, but to begin today.  A superb reference book that should be a staple of libraries, school counselors, and anyone who rubs shoulders with young people.

Review was of an Advance Reader Copy provided by the Publisher for review


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Reference/report of young adult murdered; report/reference to death of a young activist Pakistan.

Sex/Profanity:  Passing, incidental reference to LGBT, gay movement.

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
1
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
2
10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!