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Books for Big-Thinking Kids, Tweens, and Teens

By kileyturner
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Kids, especially when they reach eight and older, can get pretty fascinated and all-consumed by certain topics—or bothered by social ills they see around them or that are affecting them. Here's a list that may have a book on it for a certain someone you know.
Pay It Forward Kids

Pay It Forward Kids

Small Acts, Big Change
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Skipping Stones Honor Award book, 2014

2014 Information Book Award Honour Book

2015 Red Maple Non-Fiction nominee

14 Kids…14 Stories…Countless Hearts Touched

In Pay It Forward Kids, readers will meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to "pay it forward" to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions …

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Why Do We Fight?

Why Do We Fight?

Conflict, War, and Peace
edition:Hardcover

Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts.

Since it's impossible for people to agree on everything all the time, conflicts naturally pop up every day, all over the world. Sometimes they turn into …

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A Thousand Years of Pirates

A Thousand Years of Pirates

edition:Hardcover

For as long as they’ve existed, pirates have conjured up visions of high-seas adventure and skullduggery, sea chases and bloody battles, dangerous coastal lairs and buried treasure. Rightly so, for ever since ships have carried valuable cargo, pirates have enraged monarchs and struck terror into the hearts of honest seamen with their willingness to risk life and limb for an undeserved share of the riches. Whether the cargo was gold or silver, spices or silks, animal or human, there have always …

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Five Thousand Years of Slavery

Five Thousand Years of Slavery

edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

When they were too impoverished to raise their families, ancient Sumerians sold their children into bondage. Slave women in Rome faced never-ending household drudgery. The ninth-century Zanj were transported from East Africa to work the salt marshes of Iraq. Cotton pickers worked under terrible duress in the American South.

Ancient history? Tragically, no. In our time, slavery wears many faces. James Kofi Annan's parents in Ghana sold him because they could not feed him. Beatrice Fernando had to …

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Dieppe

Dieppe

Canada's Darkest Day of World War II
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

On the night of August 19, 1942, a force of five thousand Canadians launched an attack on the Nazi-held French port of Dieppe. When the disastrous raid was done, and the Allies were forced to retreat, nearly a thousand Canadian troops lay dead. Almost two thousand were taken prisoner. Some called it "the bloodiest nine hours in Canadian military history."

For years, defenders of the raid claimed that the Allies learned valuable lessons from Dieppe that were put to use later in the war. Others, …

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Our Rights

Our Rights

How kids are changing the world
edition:Hardcover

A girl who spoke out against her government for the rights of aboriginal children, a boy who walked across his country to raise awareness of homelessness, and a former child soldier who wants to make music not war. Here are true stories of kids just like you who are standing up for their rights. Read about how they have made a difference. Dylan Mahalingam from the USA started an online charity to raise money to fight child poverty. The bravery of Nujood Ali Mohammed from Yemen inspired other gir …

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Homophobia

Homophobia

Deal with it and turn prejudice into pride
by Steven Solomon
illustrated by Nick Johnson
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

That's so gay! It's a phrase commonly heard in school halls and playgrounds. But when used as a put-down, it's also homophobic. With plenty of quizzes, Q+As, comics, and scenarios, this interactive and highly visual new book in the Deal With It series helps kids determine what is -- and what isn't -- homophobia, and what they can do to make their schools, homes, and communities more safe and inclusive for everyone.

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The Kids Book of World Religions

The Kids Book of World Religions

by Jennifer Glossop
illustrated by John Mantha
edition:Hardcover
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By gaining a greater understanding of the cultures and beliefs of people around the world, children build respect and tolerance for the differences that make each of us unique. With objectivity and accessibility, this title in the Kids Book of series looks at the histories, scriptures, places of worship, religious leaders, gods and major festivals that are the foundations of many of the world's religions. Features a glossary and an index.

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