Girl Rising

Girl Rising

Wendy Lamb/Penguin Random House | 2017 | 14 and up


Girl Rising
Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Three Stars!

"A book of rare and expansive acuity." School Library Journal

"A vivid, heartrending portrait of resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles." Publishers Weekly

"A devastating but crucial read." Kirkus Reviews

Worldwide, over 62 million girls are not in school.

But one girl with courage is a revolution

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

Now, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone deftly uses new research to illuminate the dramatic facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities. 

With full-color photos, infographics, and a compelling narrative, Girl Rising will inspire readers of all ages to join together in a growing movement to help change the world.


Three Stars!

VOYA (Starred): "...this timely, critically important book highlights the barriers to female education and advocates for worldwide educational opportunities for girls....her masterpiece...sensitive, stirring prose. This book must not be missed as it will be an award-winner. It belongs in every library serving young adults of every age, inspiring each reader to become an activist for girls worldwide.

Kirkus (Starred): Stone’s passionate, deliberate, and compelling narrative explores the culture of gender discrimination and induces a sense of urgency for a solution. The recounted interviews offer insight, candor, and emotion, sparing readers little. A moving account of hardships and triumphs that is bound to inspire future activists, this is a devastating but crucial read.

Booklist (Starred): Much more than a companion volume to the 2013 semidocumentary of the same title...this vibrant book stands on its own as a source of inspiration...tells the girls’ backstories with empathy and grace...provides heartening updates and illuminates the context of the struggle....The closing chapter is a call to activism, and close-up full-color photos of the girls profiled will let young readers connect even more...Readers may be moved to initiate projects of their own.— Sandy MacDonald

Publishers Weekly: Stone delivers a frank, hard-hitting exploration of why some 62 million girls worldwide don’t attend school...a vivid, heartrending portrait of resilience in the face of tremendous obstacles.

School Library Journal: visually stunning companion piece to the 2013 film of the same also a call to arms, detailing not just why girls are prevented from going to school but also why it is critically important to their countries and the global economy that they be allowed to do so. The tone is persuasive, and a concluding section spotlights a number of activist success stories while also laying out ways in which readers can help...Impressive back matter adds further heft, including an informative author’s note explaining how Stone verified and supplemented the research of the film crews, an extensive bibliography, and complete source notes. –Eileen Makoff, P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School, Brooklyn