On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780735265257_cover Enlarge Cover View Excerpt
4 of 5
1 rating
rated!
rated!
list price: $18.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: April 2019
ISBN:9780735265257
imprint: Puffin Canada

Mya's Strategy to Save the World

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

reviews: 1
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
peer pressure, friendship, humorous stories
4 of 5
1 rating
rated!
rated!
list price: $18.99
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: April 2019
ISBN:9780735265257
imprint: Puffin Canada
Description

Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today's socially conscious young readers.

Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya's grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister's skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She's no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge--an experience which helps her realize how much she's grown, with or without access to proper communications.

Contributor Notes

TANYA LLOYD KYI has worked as a typesetter, graphic designer and photo editor before pursing writing full-time. She is the author of many non-fiction titles, including Shadow Warrior (Annick 2017), recently nominated for the ALA's Amelia Bloomer Project List and DNA Detective, shortlisted for the OLA Red Maple Award and the Red Cedar Award. Her published novels for young readers include Truth (Orca), My Time as Caz Hazard (Orca), Anywhere but Here (Simon Pulse, 2013), which was praised by Kirkus as having a main character whose "voice is convincingly filled with a combination of angst and nonchalance," and The Prince of Pot (Groundwood Books, 2017).
www.tanyalloydkyi.com Twitter @tanyakyi

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

On Quill & Quire’s Kidlit Spring Preview 2019, YA, MG, & Non-Fiction
One of CBC’s 29 Canadian Kids Books & YA to Look For in Spring 2019
PRAISE FOR Mya's Strategy to Save the World:
 “For any girl going through life, body, and school changes, especially those interested in social activism.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Mya’s passionate—and often clueless—narration is a thoroughly entertaining rant by an overwrought tween with a big heart. . . . With a slim page count, brisk delivery, and trove of discussable topics, this bodes well for classroom as well as independent reading.” --Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 
“Mya’s passion for social justice means that she informs the reader about certain important global issues . . . [she] has a lot of personality and will be enjoyed by middle-school readers." --Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“Mya’s witty voice and deep desire for a cell phone will keep tween readers engaged . . . [a] welcome addition to middle grade bookshelves.” --School Library Journal

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.

Mya's Strategy To Save The World

Entertaining with the tiniest hint of romance, a strong sense of humor, and a girl with wonderfully strong opinions.

A phone would make it ever so much easier to spread the word about the causes most dear to Mya’s socially conscious heart, and no cause is more dear than her best friend, who seems to be slipping further and further away with every text. But proving she’s responsible enough to own a cell phone is a tall order when it means minding her pain of a sister, babysitting the most challenging of brothers, and learning to cook recipes from the Myanmar side of her family (there are some recipes included).

Mya’s such an admirable heroine, curious about the world, empathetic to it, she doesn’t just talk, she’s a girl of action, she aspires to a career in the United Nations, yet at the same time she’s insecure when it comes to her bestie branching out with other friends, and it takes Mya some time to understand that having a partner in a school project means actually letting someone else do their share and have their say, and sometimes she needs reminders of just how much she loves her little sister. In other words, Mya is lovably, relateably, imperfect and ever so easy to like.

With Mya so aware of injustices, I thought the author struck just the right note here in conveying some ills of the world without bogging down the story or overwhelming readers with information, and it’s delivered with an encouraging message, that even if you can’t do something that makes a big, immediate change, the smallest efforts matter, they make a difference, too.

Overall I just really enjoyed this, Mya could have come off as whiny for how much she pestered her parents for a phone, instead she’s this good-intentioned but flawed kid, you feel her pain, especially in the awkward moments (her period, feeling left out, dealing with a boy), and then there’s little skateboarding sister Nanda, if you loved Kitty in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll love Nanda, they’re cut from a similarly feisty cloth, and her ingenious shin pad solution made me smile.

I received this book through a giveaway.

Other Titles by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Lowdown on Denim

Lowdown on Denim

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged :
More Info
Seeing Red

Seeing Red

The True Story of Blood
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged :
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...