Can Your Smartphone Change the World?

Can Your Smartphone Change the World? 144p. (PopActivism). glossary. photos. websites. Orca. Sept. 2017. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781459813038.
Gr 6 Up—In this lively first installment, author/activist Paisley recounts her experience in creating a social media awareness campaign. This showcase of youth-created campaigns, which have ignited international conversations about gender equality, homophobia, bullying, and environmental justice, will give naysayers pause. Paisley, readers might remember, went viral with her dress made with old homework that sported the red-inked message, "I've received my education. Not every woman has that right." (She donated the money saved by making her prom dress to the Malala Fund.) Paisley details the life-changing experience of having hundreds, then thousands of "likes," and the consequent media exposure given to the cause. The chapters are easy to digest with photos, quotes, statistics, and a thought-provoking series of pop quizzes (each visually laid out as if on a cell phone) to get teen readers to plan and create their own campaigns. Detailed ways young activists can use Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube will educate the adults in young people's lives as well. This DIY activism series will find a wide audience with digital media fanatics in search of a raison d'etre.
VERDICT These stories about kids who used art, fashion, music, and media to spread a political message of empathy and altruism will inspire readers to use that powerful device stored in their pockets for good. A fabulous addition to nonfiction collections.

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