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
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.
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