Here I Stand (hardback)

Here I Stand (hardback)

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A thought-provoking collection of short stories and poems by some of the world's finest writers for young people, exploring the rights and freedoms we can enjoy in the 21st century, and those for which we still need to fight. A gift hardback with a jacket, illustrated by current children's laureate Chris Riddell. Endorsed by Amnesty International UK as contributing to the understanding of human rights and the values that underpin them. The perfect collection for teens with a conscience, ideal for classroom discussion.

‘…an incredibly powerful collection … Each story is vastly compelling and I read each and every single one of them. Not only that, I read them in order (rare for me for a short story collection) and I stayed up way too late on more than one occasion as I read ‘just one more’ … If you are looking for a book to truly move you, then this collection is a very good place to start. This is a book that begs discussion and debate and that will inspire the most introverted reader to argue their position. I give Here I Stand: Stories That Speak for Freedom a superb five out of five stars and would recommend this collection to everybody, adults and young adults alike. It is an important book but more importantly, well written and expertly curated.’ - Addicted to Media

'Here I Stand is an important and thought-provoking book. Its stories illuminate the various struggles involved in achieving human rights throughout the world and explains the various ways in which they still come under attack. The formats and stories themselves are wildly different but tied together not just by the quality of writing but also by the staunch defence of the value of human life and the rights and dignities that must be afforded for all. Five stars. Recommended.' - The Bookbag



A selection of the world's finest writers for young people - in conjunction with Amnesty International UK - explore the rights and freedoms still lacking in today's society, covering issues such as gender equality, race hatred, surveillance, identity and freedom of speech. Contributors include: Tony Birch, John Boyne, Sita Brahmachari, Kevin Brooks, Kate Charlesworth, Sarah Crossan, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Ryan Gattis, Matt Haig, Frances Hardinge, Jackie Kay, AL Kennedy, Liz Kessler, Elizabeth Laird, Amy Leon, Sabrina Mahfouz, Chelsea Manning, Chibundu Onuzo, Bali Rai, Chris Riddell, Mary and Brian Talbot, Christie Watson and Tim Wynne-Jones.

'Twenty-four celebrated authors contribute to this inspiring anthology of stories, with a smattering of poems and drawings, exploring the experiences of refuges, underdogs, prisoners and outsiders, often through the ordinary lives of young people. Some of the narrators are adults who deal with the young; others are themselves young. As teenagers fall in love, relate to classmates, teachers and families, play in a band or hang out with their friends, these compelling and accessible tales explore how thoughtlessness can contribute to the suffering of others. A few stories take us to distant villages, or into the past (one deals with a lesser-known suffragette), but mostly the use of familiar culture, everyday dialogue and even a little humour brings such big subjects as cruelty, trafficking, pollution and FGM close to home, with no sense of a thumped tub or wagged finger. The threats to freedom might be bleak, but these tales offer hope, suggesting that awareness is a stop towards making the world a better place. Teenagers will respond - not least because of the storytelling skills of the likes of the award-winning authors Frances Hardinge, Neil Gaiman, AL Kennedy and Sarah Crossan, who never talk down, Royalties go to Amnesty.' - Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

Hardback: 320 pages
Teen/young adult audience
Publisher: Walker Books (4 Aug. 2016)
Language: English ISBN: 9781406358384
Product Dimensions: 19.8cm x 12.9cm

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ISBN 9781406358384
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