Samantha Smart is the girl-next-door: student, captain of the soccer team, best friend — revolutionary!? In a world eerily similar to our own where a close election leads to a torn nation, an average girl is thrust into the social-media spotlight, labeled a terrorist, and given the title: revolutionary. From highschool kid to rebel chief Samantha Smart leads the good fight against a government bent on total control in this fast-paced journey through a ripped social fabric. Her warning ... if it can happen to her, it can happen to anyone.
is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels When Kacey Left and In the Swish for which she won the 2016 Bolen Children's Book Prize. She is a teacher and basketball coach who lives in Victoria, BC.
"This Hunger Games-like entry will entice dystopian fans. The unsettling setting—a nation divided after the election of an alt-right puppet candidate named King—is fully prescient and points to 20th-century totalitarian regimes in Chile, Argentina, and Germany, as well as to the iconic Che Guevara. . . The exploration of humanity and self-preservation set this book apart. VERDICT This work has wide appeal."
— School Library Journal
"(An) action-packed drama. . . Well-paced plotting will keep readers engaged. . . A troubling, gripping read."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Dawn Green provides a powerful heroine. . . (The story) is suspenseful and well-developed. Samantha's story shows readers that the most unexpected moments and people can inspire hope and take on a power all their own if you have the courage to let them."
— the National Reading Campaign
"This is a smart and engrossing story of the consequences of inaction and the power of revolution in a world gone awry. How Samantha Smart Became a Revolutionary is not just an action packed and politically charged thriller; it is a call for action in an unstable future. Resist!
— CM Magazine