Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy

Holt. Oct. 2021. 256p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250226389.
Gr 6 Up–In her YA debut, Fleming brings readers through the history of resistance to white supremacy, inspiring and educating young activists on how to take up the fight along the way. Each chapter’s topic—policing, immigration, pop culture, and sports—is explored with a lens toward examining the roots of racism and how it manifests. Throughout, Fleming highlights exemplars of antiracist activism, both around the word and in the United States, though with a focus on the latter. The final chapter centers the book’s main aim: empowering readers to actively join in dismantling the oppressive systems, and offering directives on and examples of how to begin. The author’s voice is engaging and the narrative is deeply informative; her choice of subjects makes for a notably intersectional set of represented experiences. Extensive end notes and an index make this a valuable research and classroom text.
VERDICT A first purchase that will build up and inspire young activists.

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