What if the impossible were actually possible? What if we turned our dreams into action? What if our imagination could help solve real-world crises, like war, famine, and human rights violations?
Through a series of seemingly whimsical questions, this middle-grade nonfiction book introduces readers to people and organizations that are subverting violence, war, and totalitarian power. What if soldiers refused to carry weapons? What if fighter pilots dropped seeds instead of bombs? What if music could be a creative force for democracy? None of these ideas are impossible—in fact, they are all true historical examples of ideas that have been put into action.
Accessible, engaging text introduces a different question and example on each spread. Evocative conceptual illustrations provide a light-hearted reminder of the power of imagination. This timely book encourages readers to think critically and dare to ask big questions, which might just change the world.
As a writer, editor, and translator, HEATHER CAMLOT has asked “what if” countless times over her 20-year career. Her first middle-grade novel, Clutch, was named among Kirkus’s Best Middle-Grade Historical Fiction of 2017 and is a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner. Heather lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family.
Renowned French illustrator SERGE BLOCH has illustrated over three hundred books, and his illustrations regularly appear in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Time Magazine. His many awards include a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, France's Baobab Award and the Bologna Ragazzi Award. Serge shares his time between Paris and New York City.
"Powerful and inspiring, it’s the perfect middle grade book for a reader that loves both history and social justice."
"This salute to people who exemplify peace and reconciliation begins each story with a question."
"Each entry illuminates a story of peace and compromise, and shows what can be done when the world is pictured in a hopeful and inspired way."
"Camlot invites readers to visualize soldiers switching pistols for pillows, painted lines for battle lines, and like peaceful exchanges—and for each scenario, describes an actual, thematically related anti-war initiative."
"Such an admirable concept underlies this book, and the important stories remind the reader that there is always more than one answer to something."
"The stories feature brave people from many different places across the globe, and both the book’s introduction and conclusion encourage readers to ask questions and use their imagination to make the world a better place."
"The biographical stories of courage and leadership in the face of war, displacement of civilians, persecution and injustice are diverse and engaging."
"An accessible, bite-sized look at powerful change."