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Kids with Courage

True Stories About Young People Making a Difference


These exciting true stories will inspire teens to believe in themselves and the ability of determined young people to make a difference in the world. Readers meet eighteen remarkable kids with the courage to speak out, fight back, come to the rescue, and stand up for their beliefs. As fun to read as fiction, the stories are engaging and accessible—a great way to encourage reluctant readers.

  • The student had a loaded gun and a room full of hostages. Police surrounded the school. Then Ruben Ortega got mad . . .
  • It was the middle of winter, and the woman had no shoes. Frank Daily looked down at his shoes and made a decision . . .
  • Mr. Smith threatened to kill her mother and brother. But Mercedes Jones spoke out anyway—and a sexual abuser went to jail . . .
  • Andrew Holleman had practically grown up on the wetlands. He loved its plants, creatures, and gooey mud. Then he heard about the developer’s plan . . .

National award-winning author Barbara A. Lewis provides the inspiration to empower young people to make a difference in their communities and in the world.

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ISBN: 978-0-915793-39-6
Reading Level: Grade 6
Interest Level: Ages 11 & up
Guided Reading Level: X
Format: B&W photos
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 184

Praise for Kids with Courage
“Recommended Books for the Reluctant YA Reader,”—American Library Association

  • Common Core State Standards


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