A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment
and Violence in Schools and on the Streets
By Joanne N. Smith,
Mandy Van Deven, and Meghan Huppuch
(The Feminist Press, 2011)
192 pp. $13.95
Hey, Shorty! calls itself a guide in the subtitle, and it is—but it’s much more than that. It’s a poignant organizational autobiography, filled with stories of teaching and activism. This slim volume describes the formation of Girls for Gender Equity, a group designed to “lead campaigns to fight against gender inequity and dispel the belief that girls should be seen only as little adults, future mothers, sexual conquests, baby mamas, or wives.” Hey, Shorty! is packed with practical advice grounded in real-world experience.
The John Carlos Story
By John Carlos with Dave Zirin
Foreword by Cornel West
(Haymarket Books, 2011)
210 pp. $22.95
The image of John Carlos and Tommie Smith with their fists in the air at the 1968 Olympics is recognized around the world. Yet, as with so much of history, we know about the event but not the story of the organizing by athletes leading up to the Olympics, nor what happened to Carlos and Smith afterward. Read this beautifully written book and you will realize that the full story is as powerful and gripping as the photo. Highly recommended for grade 8 to adult.
By Pam Muñoz Ryan
(Scholastic Press, 2010)
372 pp. $17.99
Through poetic prose and beautiful illustrations by Peter Sis, this award-winning middle school novel offers a wonderful introduction to the life of Pablo Neruda as a child. Ryan shows how the power of Neruda’s imagination and his burning desire to write put him in direct conflict with his dictatorial and abusive father. She also introduces the land struggles of the indigenous people and their allies, including Neruda’s journalist uncle. Neruda’s commitment to following his dream to write, as told in The Dreamer, will provide inspiration to many readers not only to read Neruda’s poems, but also to write their own.