Sometimes it's okay to ignore the rules or break the law. This book profiles people who stood up for what they believed in, even at great personal risk, including Sophie and Hans Scholl, siblings who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany; Andrei Sakharov, who helped develop the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, but then spoke out against its use; Rosa Parks, were not originally in positions of political power but came out of the ranks of regular citizens to stand up for human rights; and Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, who used his power to change the status quo; Helen Suzman, a South African member of parliament who fought apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest for protesting the dictatorship in Burma; and the people of Egypt, who recently brought down the repressive government of Hosni Mubarak. These inspirational profiles of people who followed their moral compass make for riveting stories as well as excellent starting points for discussions about ethics and morality.
Written by Laura Scandiffio; Published by Annick Press, this book for children ages 10 and up will be in stories July 24, 2012. For more excellent books for young people, visit AnnickPress.com . For more video book trailers, visit movingstories.tv