A selection of the world's finest writers for young people - in conjunction with Amnesty International UK - explore the rights and freedoms still lacking in today's society, covering issues such as gender equality, race hatred, surveillance, identity and freedom of speech. Contributors include: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Brian Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.
'Twenty-four celebrated authors contribute to this inspiring anthology of stories, with a smattering of poems and drawings, exploring the experiences of refuges, underdogs, prisoners and outsiders, often through the ordinary lives of young people. Some of the narrators are adults who deal with the young; others are themselves young. As teenagers fall in love, relate to classmates, teachers and families, play in a band or hang out with their friends, these compelling and accessible tales explore how thoughtlessness can contribute to the suffering of others. A few stories take us to distant villages, or into the past (one deals with a lesser-known suffragette), but mostly the use of familiar culture, everyday dialogue and even a little humour brings such big subjects as cruelty, trafficking, pollution and FGM close to home, with no sense of a thumped tub or wagged finger. The threats to freedom might be bleak, but these tales offer hope, suggesting that awareness is a stop towards making the world a better place. Teenagers will respond - not least because of the storytelling skills of the likes of the award-winning authors Frances Hardinge, Neil Gaiman, AL Kennedy and Sarah Crossan, who never talk down, Royalties go to Amnesty.' - Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
Hardback: 320 pages
Teen/young adult audience
Publisher: Walker Books (4 Aug. 2016)
Language: English ISBN: 9781406358384
Product Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.9cm