One morning, Meerin Hoy looks out her window to Carson's Field. There to her shock stand two big development signs - for sure spelling the end to her community's most beloved park. But nine-year-old Meerin is no ordinary girl. She is determined to act. But when she confronts the mayor in person who dismisses her as "just a kid," it's time for Meerin to take on the tools of a local activist and save an important community asset from the powers that be. Just a Kid is a reflection of movements that are occurring in many parts of the world today - some of them inspired by the advocacy of Greta Thunberg, the students of Parkland in Florida, and many others. For that reason, but also because this is a winningly told story, Just a Kid is a timely novel for young readers to learn about the possibilities of influencing the adult world, even when it seems no one wants to listen.
Rie Charles has published three other novels for young readers, and lives in the Okanagan valley in British Columbia.