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Children's Nonfiction Sociology

Best Way to Get Your Way, The

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi

illustrated by Chanelle Nibbelink

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Sociology, General, Psychology
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
  • Reading age: 8 to 12


An engaging introduction to debating skills that teaches kids how to take a stand - and win!

Kids are used to disagreeing with rules - not that anyone ever listens. But what if there was a way of disagreeing that worked? What if there was a way kids could change adults' minds? Welcome to debating! This book can help kids master exactly how it's done. As two debaters on opposing sides tackle each of five hot-button issues - chores, screen time, eating vegetables, bedtime and doing homework - readers follow along, step-by-step, and learn the ins and outs of doing research, constructing an argument and rebutting an opponent's case. Then, after each debate, readers get to decide which side they're on - and they just might surprise themselves! It turns out, making a smart and logical argument is a perfect formula for getting your way! What kid can resist?

While everyone else tells kids not to argue, award-winning author Tanya Lloyd Kyi says go for it - the right way - in this lively and thought-provoking book. The well-researched content covers the entire debating process: resolution, opening statement, research, rebuttal and closing argument. It also includes key tips about debating and public speaking, choosing terminology, the importance of deep listening and how to select quality sources. Skills taught - critical thinking, research, media literacy, constructing a persuasive argument - link directly to the social studies inquiry process. Colorful, eye-catching art on every page by Chanelle Nibbelink features a diverse cast of characters and adds visual appeal.

About the authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi claims to be a peaceful and non-threatening person, despite having written three books about fire and one about poison. She has never set a building aflame, handled dynamite, or intentionally poisoned anyone … although a suspicious number of friends did have stomachaches after eating her Christmas party meatballs one year.Tanya writes both fiction and non-fiction, often choosing topics related to science, pop culture, or social history—or a combination of the three. She enjoys combining factual research with intriguing narratives, or the life stories of interesting folks.Tanya began her writing “career” as a poet in high school, producing pages and pages of really bad poems that her mother adored. Her love of writing led to the University of Victoria, where she took creative writing and English. Tanya’s early writing jobs were as a newspaper reporter and brochure writer for the government. She also worked as a dishwasher, busgi

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Chanelle Nibbelink is a Canadian American illustrator from California, currently based in Utah. She has an Honors Bachelor of Illustration from Sheridan College. When she's not drawing, Chanelle can be spotted rollerblading, practicing yoga, playing ukulele or falling asleep to a book. Chantelle lives in Draper, Utah.

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Editorial Reviews

A must-read primer for change.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

... a rousing introduction to the art of debate and offers a crash course in critical thinking.—Quill & Quire

This useful resource encourages active listening and respectful discourse, valuable skill sets at any age.—Booklist

A worthwhile purchase ... that will help readers recognize, understand, and eradicate stereotypes.—School Library Journal (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

... provides an introduction to debating skills for students ... [and] also highlights listening and speaking skills, the importance of researching a topic and critical thinking.—CM Magazine

Alongside Drew Shannon's colourful illustrations [Lloyd Kyi] encapsulates key sociological and scientific research on racism and stereotyping.—New York Times (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

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