Fight for Your Rights: Teen Books to Inspire Action

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve looked to the characters in books for inspiration. Whether they were fighting dragons or standing up to bullies, I could learn from their bravery and bring it into my own life. With social media and global connections, there are more ways than ever to fight for our rights and beliefs. These books are great examples of the different ways, big and small, we can get involved in the things we care about and take an active role in protecting our rights.

Take the Mic: This anthology highlights the many, many ways you can fight for your rights. Whether you protest or speak out online, celebrate your differences or call out family members—your contribution is powerful and important.

Yes No Maybe So: Neither Jamie nor Maya is thrilled about going door to door talking to strangers about a state senate candidate. Despite believing in their cause, neither feels suited to local activism. Some things might be worth enduring, though, for the right cause and the right person.

Music From Another World: In 1977 California, two girls are assigned by their Christian schools to be pen pals. Tammy knows she’s gay but is trapped in her prominent anti-gay family, and Sharon is keeping her brother’s secret while discovering she may have some of her own. As homophobic fervor rises around them, they must decide how much they’re willing to risk to stand up for what they believe in. 

Internment: In the not-so-distant future, Layla and her family are placed in a California internment camp because they are Muslim. As restrictions and mistreatment rise, so does Layla’s rebellion, until she and her friends are ready for a real revolution.

Light It Up: When an unarmed, 13-year-old Black girl is shot by a white police officer, her community becomes a center of unrest. Told from different perspectives of the people affected, this gritty story examines how different people react to injustice and the role their actions play in addressing it.

Are there any books that inspire you to take action? What are your favorite ways to stand up for your rights?

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